|For Immediate Release
Case # 09CF0570
MAN SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN STATE PRISON FOR HIS ROLE IN RAPE OF INTOXICATED 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL AT HOUSE PARTY
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today and sentenced to three years in state prison for his role in the rape of an intoxicated 13-year-old girl at an Orange house party. Gustavo Gomez, 19, pleaded guilty to one felony count of rape by intoxication.
Co-defendants Mario Santibanez, 23, and cousins Diego Ramirez, 20, and Daniel Ramirez, 24, have also been convicted of one felony count of rape by intoxication in this case. Santibanez pleaded guilty Feb. 11, 2010, and Ramirez and Ramirez pleaded guilty Jan. 25, 2010. All three defendants were sentenced to six years in state prison.
On Feb. 27, 2009, 13-year-old Jane Doe #1 and 14-year-old Jane Doe #2 met after school with Gomez and Santibanez. Gomez and Santibanez went with the victims to a party at the Orange home of the Ramirez cousins. Prior to going to the party, the victims consumed alcoholic beverages and were intoxicated when they arrived at the Ramirez cousins’ house.
Once at the party, Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 continued to consume alcoholic beverages. After Jane Doe #1 was intoxicated and unable to resist, Santibanez, Ramirez and Ramirez took turns raping the victim. Gomez participated in the sexual assault of Jane Doe #1 by holding the victim while she was being raped.
On March 2, 2009, Jane Doe #1 was taken to the Orange Police Department by her mother, who reported that her daughter had been raped the previous weekend.
Deputy District Attorney Mark Birney of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted this case.