A 58-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in prison for raping a disabled girl in a long-term health-care facility in La Palma, a prosecutor said.
Jose Reyes Calderon was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty to rape of an incompetent person, lewd acts with a dependant adult by a caretaker and sexual battery on an institutionalized victim, according to Deputy District Attorney Cindy Nichols.
Calderon worked as a caretaker at the facility. The victim, who was born premature, was 16 years old and mute, Nichols said.
The girl’s mother told Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald that the victim was born at 27 weeks because of a car accident.
“She spent the first three months of her life struggling to stay alive and her fight didn’t end there,” the mom said.
The girl spent the next couple of years in and out of a hospital struggling with visual impairment, dependency on a feeding tube, and requiring oxygen and heart monitors, the victim’s mother said.
She also dependent on a wheelchair later.
The defendant “decided to take full advantage and rape my severely disabled daughter, knowing all the while that she was completely unable to defend herself in any way,” the girl’s mother said.
“He took away her innocence, and that is something that can never be replaced,” she added. “He was hired to help the patients, not hurt them.”
The victim’s “long-term effects are unknown, and I leave you with this final message: (The victim’s) life as well as the lives of all who love her will never be the same.”
–City News Service
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