Farmington foster father sentenced for rape

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011, 11:11am

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A Farmington foster father has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping his foster daughter.

The earliest 47-year-old Todd Mortensen can be released on parole is 2035.

Mortensen pleaded guilty Feb. 2 to three counts of second-degree felony criminal sexual contact against a minor under the age of 13.

A San Juan County prosecutor credits the 12-year-old victim with the courage and foresight of setting up a video camera to catch her abuser.

Mortensen's wife spoke Tuesday in court before sentencing and characterized her husband as a good Samaritan, but added her words will not minimize or diminish the error in her husband's judgment.