Friday, 12 April 2024

REGIONAL: Man sentenced to prison for raping nursing home patient

SANTA ROSA – This week a Santa Rosa man was sentenced to six years in prison for the rape of an elderly woman in a nursing facility.

Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua announced today that on Wednesday Humberto Carrizales Rodriguez, 50, was sentenced by Judge Arthur Wick for the crime. Rodriguez also was convicted of elder abuse of an individual under his care.

Rodriguez had previously pleaded guilty to these charges on Sept. 17, 2009.

“The forced rape of a woman is always a heinous, callous and cruel crime,” Passalacqua said. “The fact that this was also committed against an elderly woman living at a residential care facility makes it even more atrocious. We will continue to aggressively prosecute those who abuse seniors.”

Rodriguez was a caretaker at the Wild Rose Living Facility in Santa Rosa and the victim, Jane Doe, was an 88-year-old resident living at the facility.

On August 7, 2009, after the victim had gone to bed, the defendant forcefully had sexual intercourse with her while she repeatedly told him to stop.

Two of the victim’s children addressed Judge Wick at the sentencing hearing and explained how the crime has impacted not only their mother’s life, but their lives as well.

The victim’s children spoke about how their mother’s condition has worsened, mentally and physically, since the night of the assault. They find her crying for no reason at all and stated that, since the attack, she is now frightened of other males who work and live at her facility.

Deputy District Attorney Tania Partida argued that no one should go through life only to reach the age of 88 and become a victim of a sexual assault.

Partida also noted that at no time during the defendant’s interview with the probation department, or his letter to the court, did he express any remorse for his actions. Instead he blamed the victim, in essence stating that she enticed him into bed.

The lead detective was Joel Pederson of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.

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