Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A 61-year-old Laguna Hills man pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping a teenage relative and then trying to have her spirited away to Mexico so she couldn’t testify against him.

Under the plea deal, Jesus Acosta-Inchaorrondo’s expected sentence would not exceed 18 years. Orange County Superior Court Judge James Rogan ordered a probation report to aid in sentencing.

“I am not making any promises to you,” Rogan told the defendant, who was ordered to return to court on March 20, when a sentencing date will be scheduled.

If the judge decides Acosta-Inchaorrondo should be imprisoned longer than 18 years, he would be allowed to withdraw his guilty plea.

Deputy District Attorney Vanessa Woods objected to the plea deal the defendant reached with the judge, noting Acosta-Inchaorrondo previously rejected an offer from prosecutors of 18 years and then another offer from a separate judge of 16 years.

The victim, who was 17 when she was raped, has had the rug pulled out from under her several times, Woods argued.

Acosta-Inchaorrondo pleaded guilty to forcible rape, sodomy of a minor older than 14, solicitation to commit a felony and dissuading a witness, all felonies, and a misdemeanor violation of a protective order. He also admitted sentencing enhancement for committing a crime while out on bail.

According to Woods, a man called police saying Acosta-Inchaorrondo approached him about abducting the girl and taking her to Mexico so she couldn’t testify against him.

Costa Mesa police arranged for an undercover detective to meet with the suspect in a Lake Forest parking lot, where a price for the abduction was agreed upon. Acosta-Inchaorrondo wanted the girl dropped off in Mexico and warned not to return, the prosecutor said.

If he went to trial and was convicted of all charges, the defendant would face up to 32 years and eight months in prison.

Acosta-Inchaorrondo dabbed at his eyes with a tissue as Woods recounted the facts of the case in court.

The defendant threatened to kill the victim if she did not submit to his assault, Woods said. During the rape, she fought back, but he pummeled her stomach with his fists, the prosecutor said.

City News Service

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