Remember Michael Delgado, the 300 lbs. Fullerton man who answered a craigslist ad from a maid and then allegedly raped her when she showed up to clean his apartment in June 2011?
A mistrial was declared Tuesday after the judge decided the jury hopelessly deadlocked. The five-man, seven-woman panel's final vote was 8-4 in favor of acquitting the 27-year-old.
Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney reportedly will seek to retry the case. "These are difficult cases, but it is the people's view that the charged crimes have been committed," he is quoted as telling the Orange County Register.
Delgado hired a 42-year-old woman for housecleaning services in his apartment in a gated complex in the 1500 block of Brea Boulevard. One morning in June, after Delgado greeted the maid at the front door and escorted her past several security doors, she apparently got spooked and asked to leave.
That when Delgado allegedly blocked the exit, pinned the 5-foot-3, 120 lbs. maid to the ground with his orca-like frame and, over the next hour, forcibly raped and digitally penetrated her and forced her to give him head. He is also accused of threatening her not to yell.
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The maid eventually broke free and ran out of the apartment complex before asking a passerby to summon help. Fullerton police later arrested Delgado, and the Orange County District Attorney's office charged him with two felony counts of forcible rape, two felony counts of forcible oral copulation, one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object and one felony count of false imprisonment by violence.
Conviction on those charges could have brought a 40 year prison sentence, but Delgado's attorney Bradley Corbett reportedly told the Register that enough reasonable doubt was raised that his client should have been found not guilty.