Anaheim 23-year-old Raul Barrientos was convicted Monday of raping and sexually assaulting a woman with severe mental and physical disabilities in a Fullerton College men's restroom.
After pleading guilty to two felony counts of forcible digital penetration and one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, rape, and kidnapping, Barrientos was sentenced to 30 years in state prison.
On April 29, 2011, Barrientos victimized a 19-year-old woman who had the developmental level of a 5- to 6-year-old child, wore leg braces on both legs and had impaired speech. She took special education classes at the community college.
Barrientos put his arm around her and led her into a men's restroom stall. Over her cries, he forced her to blow him before raping and fingering her. She was on her period, and her blood wound up on his hands, clothing and penis. He then left her in the bathroom, where she was found a short time later by a teacher.
After the incident was reported to campus security, Barrientos was immediately suspected because he had allegedly creeped out another woman on campus before. After a Fullerton Police investigation, he was arrested.
The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) originally charged Barrientos with one felony count each of kidnapping to commit a sexual offense, forcible rape, rape of an incompetent person, forcible oral copulation, oral copulation of an incompetent person, four felony counts of sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and sentencing enhancements for kidnapping likely to cause serious harm. He pleaded not guilty in October.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
With conviction on all of the counts Barrientos was facing possibly sending him to state prison for 150 years, he obviously concluded copping to the charges might at least have him breathing free air again some day.
Not that the victim's parents ever want to see that happen. At the sentencing hearing, the court received a victim impact statement from the parents, who said their daughter was devastated as a result of the attack and that, while she used to be trusting of others, she had lost that trust, according to an OCDA statement.