A 30-year-old man from Huntington Beach was sentenced to 65 years behind
bars for the sexual assault of a 7-year-old girl. D.V. was accused of
kidnapping, sodomy, and intercourse with a child. The developmentally
disabled girl was asked by D.V. to help him move furniture in his apartment.
He then proceeded to drag the girl by the hand to his apartment, even
though she told him over and over that she didn't want to go inside,
he proceeded to sexually assault her.
The victim's friend became concerned for her and so went to look for
her. She discovered her in the apartment and was able to help her escape
by opening the sliding door. The victim's parents notified the police
the same day and D.V. was able to be arrested based on DNA evidence. Even
though he is off the streets, the victim is still in therapy and the entire
family moved out of the state in order to start again with a clean slate.
According to the California Penal Code §§207-270 (2011), kidnapping
is defined as taking another individual by force or threats. Those convicted
of this offense could be sent to jail for up to eight years. If the victim
was under the age of 14, as in this case, the prison sentence could increase
to 11 years in prison. California Penal Code §§261-269 (2011)
states that rape is sexual intercourse through force or when the victim
is unable to give consent. Rape against a child under the age of 14 has
more serious consequences that other forms of rape, and the years in prison
will increase. California Penal Code §286 (2011) says that the act
of sodomy will also bring prison time, depending on if force or violence
was used as well as the age of the victim.