Tag - Rape

Pizza Delivery Boy Charged with Rape

A truly complicated and confounding case of rape occurred in New York City this week. A 16 year old pizza delivery boy was arrested for allegedly raping a woman in her apartment after he had delivered a pizza to the woman’s neighbor according to the New York Daily News.

The underage youth delivered the pizza after midnight, and upon noticing that the neighbor’s door was ajar, broke in and raped the woman who was asleep on her bed. The victim called the police and the teenager was arrested at a pizzeria in Hell’s Kitchen. The teenager had a previous run in with the law, last month he was arrested for breaking into another woman’s apartment and stealing her wallet while delivering a pizza. He has been charged with rape, criminal trespassing and burglary. The woman was 35 years old and said it took the teenager 30 seconds. The alleged victim also had her 7 year old daughter sleeping in the bed beside her. She said the teenager apologized before he ran away. She also said that she’d left the door unlocked because that was her normal routine as she’s lived in the building for 25 years. Her mother also lives across the hall.

There are many questions that arise from such a situation, such as how the law will treat a 16 year old charged with such a brutal crime. There were some questions as to whether the young man was mentally handicapped as well. When being led to the squad car by police, he wasn’t wearing any shoes. Reporters from the Daily News were not sure if this was because he was mentally disturbed or just very nervous from getting caught. Having a prior arrest for a theft crime where he broke into an apartment during a pizza delivery will not help his case, or his Criminal Defense Attorney’s attempt to defend him.

In a case such as this, the defense will have to play up the fact that he is a minor. A court might have more grace on a minor, however a minor who has committed sexual assault next to a 7 year old girl could be charged as an adult and face some serious jail time. In addition, his boss may face charges for allowing a teenager who has already been arrested for committing a crime while working to continue to deliver pizzas.

Anaheim Man Pleads Guilty to Rape

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.