Anaheim Man Pleads Guilty to RapeAdamin
An Orange County man pleaded guilty to raping a young girl in an Anaheim court today. Jose Guadalupe Jimenez worked as a clown under the name El Tin Larin and was reportedly in costume when he abducted a 12-year-old girl from in front of a Taco Bell restaurant around midnight on January 19, 2002. Jimenez is then said to have driven the young girl to Ladera Vista Junior High School where he raped her in his car. The unnamed victim managed to flee the car and Jimenez when he stopped at a nearby motel and got out of the car. The case went unsolved for nearly a decade until Jimenez was required to give DNA samples after being charged with misdemeanor battery in February of 2011. He was arrested and later pled guilty to battery charges in February and served 180 days in jail. Jimenez was facing a minimum of 25 years to life in prison after being charged with raping the 12-year-old girl, but instead pled guilty and was immediately sentenced to 10 years in jail. In addition to spending the next 10 years of his life in prison, Jimenez will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.
For those who may not know, rape in its simplest terms is forcing another person to have sexual intercourse or perform other sexual acts against their will. While the basic definition of rape does not vary widely, there are several different types of rape that are recognized legally, including statutory rape, date rape, spousal rape and gang rape. In some instances, rape can also be called sexual assault or, in a case such as Jimenez’s, child sexual abuse. These are very serious, even life-changing criminal charges to face. The potential punishment for a rape conviction includes being sentenced to several years in prison, parole after a prison term is completed, expensive fines, and, perhaps most punishing, registering as a sex offender, sometimes for life. While time spent in prison may make it difficult for a person to find a decent job or apartment, registering as a convicted sex offender is a whole other level of shame, humiliation and brutal punishment altogether. Unlike so many other convicted criminals, people convicted of a sex crime and registered as a sex offender have personal information about themselves and the crime they were convicted of available on an online database that anyone with access to a computer can find. Family members, friends, potential employers or landlords, and even potential romantic partners can also look this information. Being a registered sex offender is, perhaps, a bit like tattooing personal information on your forehead for all to see, which is why it is so important to find an aggressive attorney to fight for you.