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
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
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
Raul Barrientos Charged with Rape and Sex Assault of Severely Disabled Woman at Fullerton College
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.
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.
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