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A jury in Sonoma County has convicted a Santa Rosa man of raping an unconscious woman in an attack at a Santa Rosa home earlier this year, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s office announced today. Judge Arthur Wick read the guilty verdict against 37-year-old Jotman Salazar-Zavala in a Santa Rosa courtroom on Friday after hearing four days of testimony, according to a news release.
“Let this verdict serve as a reminder to all that sexual intercourse with a person who is unable to consent due to intoxication or unconsciousness is rape,” Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement. According to the district attorney’s statement, Salazar-Zavala sexually assaulted a sleeping woman who spent the night at his friend’s Santa Rosa home on May 14.
Earlier in the night, the woman fended off the defendant’s sexual advances. After falling asleep on a couch, the woman awoke to find Salazar-Zavala raping her, according to the district attorney’s office. The defendant is due to be sentenced on Feb. 10 and faces up to eight years in state prison.
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