WHITE PLAINS - A convicted sex offender admitted yesterday that he sexually assaulted three Yonkers girls in 2006 after telling them he practiced voodoo and could help solve their problems.
Hector Aviles, 51, of Yonkers pleaded guilty to one felony count of second-degree rape for attacking a 14-year-old girl and two of third-degree rape for assaulting two 16-year-old girls, according to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.
The three rapes happened between Oct. 1 and Nov. 8, 2006, the prosecutor's office said. Each time, he told the girls he practiced voodoo and could read tarot cards. He told them he could help them get boys and have a better relationship with their parents.
He told the girls they needed to perform a ritual with him to get their wishes and could not back out or change their mind or else something terrible would happen, prosecutors said.
He then raped the girls.
Yonkers police didn't catch up to Aviles for a year. When questioned about the allegations, he denied any involvement with the girls but admitted to practicing voodoo. He was arrested Oct. 18.
Aviles faces up to 15 years in state prison when he is sentenced on July 31 as a second child sexual assault felony offender.
He was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl in 1997.
In that case, prosecutors said, Aviles told the girl that he would cast a hex on her family if she reported him.