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* Humberto Carrizales Rodriguez Pleads No Contest to Raping 89 Year Old Victim

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A health care worker at a small Santa Rosa assisted-living facility pleaded no contest in Sonoma County Superior Court this morning to raping and abusing an elderly female resident. Humberto Carrizales Rodriguez, 50, faces between four and nine years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 17 by Judge Arthur Wick. Rodriguez pleaded no contest to forcible rape and elder abuse, and admitted enhancements alleging he knew that the victim, who will turn 89 on Friday, was an elder adult with a disability or other physical or mental condition. His preliminary hearing had been scheduled for this morning. Deputy Public Defender Karen Silver said Rodriguez was a cook at the facility and the main overnight caretaker from Friday to Sunday for about two or three months. The sexual assault occurred Aug. 7 and the woman reported it a few days later, Silver said. The victim worked with Rodriguez in the kitchen of the facility, Silver said. The two had a close relationship but “it went to a place it shouldn’t have,” Silver said, referring to the rape charge.  “This was one occasion. There was some kissing and closeness,” Silver said about Rodriguez’s relationship with the victim. She conceded that the sex was without the woman’s consent. Rodriguez was working as a public health assistant with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services before his arrest, according to Rick Hall, personnel manager for the Department of Health Services. Hall said the allegations against Rodriguez do not involve his duties as a county employee and that Rodriguez apparently had a second job as a health care worker at the Santa Rosa facility. Rodriguez’s duties included communicating medical and appointment information for Spanish-speaking clients at the Department of Health Services’ Fifth Street office in Santa Rosa, Hall said.  He was hired in March 1999 as a human services aide with the Sonoma County Department of Human Services and joined the Department of Health Services in December 2000, Hall said. Silver said Rodriguez must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and his no-contest plea today means he qualifies for confinement in a hospital as a sexually violent predator.  Silver, however, took issue with the label. “He’s not a sexually violent predator,” she said. “He doesn’t victimize people.” Rodriguez has no mental health issues and no prior record, Silver said. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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