REPEAT SEXUAL OFFENDER TO BE SENTENCED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A GIRL AT HER BACHLORETTE PARTY

For Immediate Release
July 21, 2006
Contact: Susan Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
(714) 347-8408 Office
(714) 323-4486 Cell

 

Santa Ana – A repeat sexual offender will be sentenced Monday for sexually assaulting a girl at her bachelorette party in 2001.  Shane Sanches, 55, of Lake Forest, faces 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of genital penetration by a foreign object and one count of first degree burglary.  He is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, July 24, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. in C37, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.  The victim will give a victim impact statement. 

 

On September 10, 2000, Sanches observed a bachelorette party in progress at a condo near his home.  He was aware that the bachelorette was in the bathroom, and he entered the bathroom with the intent to sexually assault her.  He lifted the victim’s skirt and digitally penetrated her.  The victim began to scream and her friends came downstairs to find Sanches in the bathroom.  Sanches was arrested and placed in custody.

 

A burglary is constituted by entering an inhabited dwelling with the intent to commit a felony, in this case a sexual assault.  Sanches plead guilty to the burglary charge as well as the charge for genital penetration.   The 21 year sentence for sexually assaulting the bachelorette will be served consecutively to the 55 years to life sentence Sanches received for sexually assaulting his then-wife. 

 

While Sanches was in custody for assaulting the bachelorette, he convinced a bail bondsman to let him out on the condition that his then-wife would sign the necessary paperwork.  His wife refused to sign the papers, and as retaliation he kidnapped his wife on May 26, 2001, raped her repeatedly and beat her.  On May 8, 2003, an Orange County jury found Sanches guilty.  On August 8, 2003, Judge William Evans sentenced him to 55 year to life in prison for corporal injury to a spouse, attempted false imprisonment by violence, spousal rape, and resisting a police officer. 

 

At the sentencing, the District Attorney’s office will present aggravating factors in addition to the sexual assault of the bachelorette and Sanches’ then-wife.  Sanches had a history of sexual violence dating back to the late 1980s.  This includes three victims and ten sexual assault convictions. These prior convictions will not be considered in the current sentencing, as Judge Gary Paer has made the decision to strike the priors in the `interest of justice.‘ in a previous hearing

 

Deputy District Attorney Shaddi Kamiabipour is prosecuting this case.

 

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