REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER CONVICTED OF SEXUAL BATTERY AND FAILING TO REGISTER SENTENCED TO 197 DAYS IN JAIL FOR PROBATION VIOLATIONS

For Immediate Release
 Case # 09CM11069
11CM12772

 

March 26, 2013

Susan Kang Schroeder
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REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER CONVICTED OF SEXUAL BATTERY AND FAILING TO REGISTER SENTENCED TO 197 DAYS IN JAIL FOR PROBATION VIOLATIONS

*Defendant has a pending case in the Courts of Appeal for a conviction for being a sex offender in a County park

 

SANTA ANA – A registered sex offender convicted of sexual battery and failing to register, and who has a pending case in the Courts of Appeal for violating the County ordinance barring registered sex offenders from entering County parks, was sentenced for violating his probation. Hugo Godinez, 30, Santa Ana, was sentenced March 21, 2013, at an arraignment on probation violations. The defendant admitted to the violations and was sentenced to 197 days in jail by the Honorable Peter Wilson.

 

Sexual Battery (Case #09CM11069)

On Nov. 11, 2009, Godinez approached Jane Doe #1, an adult female, while she was walking down the street alone during daylight hours. The defendant slapped the victim just below her buttocks, on her upper leg, and asked, “Do you like that?” The victim attempted to walk away but began to run when she observed Godinez following and chasing her. Jane Doe #1 ran up to another pedestrian for help, and Godinez then fled the scene.

 

On Nov. 17, 2009, Godinez approached Jane Doe #2, an adult female, while she was walking her dog during. Godinez leaned over and pretended he was going to pet the dog, but instead slapped the victim on the buttocks and said, “You’re cute.” Jane Doe #2 screamed at the defendant to get away from her and she walked away. Godinez followed the victim, approached her again, and slapped her again on the buttocks. Jane Doe #2 ran to a nearby store and Godinez fled the scene.

 

In a subsequent taped interview with the Santa Ana Police Department, Godinez admitted to slapping both victims on the leg and/or buttocks because he claimed to believe that they would like it.

 

Godinez was convicted by a jury June 17, 2010, of one misdemeanor count of sexual battery and one misdemeanor count of attempted sexual battery. The attempted sexual battery count was dismissed and Godinez was sentenced June 23, 2010, to 30 days of Caltrans service in lieu of jail, five years of formal probation, and lifetime sex offender registration.

 

As required by law, and as a term of his sex offender registration sentence, Godinez signed on Aug. 16, 2010, a Department of Justice (DOJ) 8047 form, “A Notice of Sex Offender Registration Requirement,” at the Orange County Probation Department in Santa Ana. The form explained his requirements to register as a sex offender. 

 

On May 2, 2011, Godinez signed and initialed DOJ form 8102.