A 46-year-old San Pablo man was sentenced today to 38 years to life in state prison. Luis Campos, co-founder of successful Bay Area chips and salsa company Casa Chicos, was convicted in September on 11 felony sex crime counts, Deputy District Attorney Ryan Wagner said today. The jury found Campos guilty of assaulting two female relatives –aged 25 and 13 years old — in 2007, Wagner said. The prosecutor said Campos used his influence as a family patriarch and as co-owner of a company to prey on young women.
Another young woman and former employee of Campos testified during the trial that the defendant raped her in 2003, but that she did not report the assault because Campos threatened her. Wagner said some of defendant’s family members pressured the 13-year-old girl to tell police she had lied about the assault. He said Campos also threatened the 25-year-old victim — referred to in court as Jane Doe — telling her that police would question her immigration status.
When police began investigating the incident in 2007, Campos fled the country for El Salvador, and was caught and arrested by border patrol in Texas while attempting to enter the country illegally in 2009, Wagner said. Before handing down the verdict this morning, Judge Leslie Landau heard statements from two of the defendant’s siblings, who spoke in defense
of their brother. Calls to Campos’s defense attorney were not returned this afternoon.
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