|Pictured Above: Rulin Hernandez Loaeza. Source: Orange County Register.|
This week, Rulin Hernandez Loaeza was found guilty of forcing two women to perform sex acts on him and assaulting a third woman. In 2007, Loaeza followed a woman home from work and grabbed her by her hair. He fled when she screamed for help. In 2009, Loaeza picked up two woman on two separate occasions, took them to secluded areas in Orange County, pulled out a knife and threatened to kill them if they did not perform sex acts on him. Loaeza was arrested and charged with two felony counts each of forcible sexual assault and criminal threats, one misdemeanor count of physical assault and a sentencing allegation for sexual crimes against multiple victims. Since he was found guilty, he now faces 15 years to life in prison for committing these crimes.
Sexual assault/sexual battery is when one touches the intimate parts of another with force or fraud for sexual arousal. Sexual assault/battery becomes a felony if the alleged victim was unconscious, disabled or unlawfully restrained. If convicted of felony sexual assault/battery, you face jail/prison time, probation, fines, and you will be forced to register as a sex offender. Defenses to sexual assault/battery include consent, insufficient evidence, and false allegations. If you are charged with sexual assault, battery or any other sex crimes, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges.