A Monterey County Superior Court judge in Salinas on Monday sentenced a man to 19 years in prison for forcing his way into a woman’s home and sexually assaulting her, prosecutors said.
Judge Carrie Panetta handed down the term to Humberto Rodas, 25, of Salinas, after his guilty pleas to residential burglary, two counts of forcible rape and a count of forcible oral copulation, Deputy District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni said.
On Aug. 31, 2013, Rodas broke into a woman’s home in Salinas, struck her in the face, knocked her to the ground, forcefully raped her twice and forced her to commit oral sex on him, Pacioni said.
Rodas placed a blanket over the woman’s mouth when she tried to yell for help, prosecutors said.
The victim broke free, ran into a bathroom and called for assistance, according to Pacioni.
Rodas fled from the woman’s residence but was captured, identified as a suspect and charged, prosecutors said.
After the attack, a nurse specially trained for sexual assault cases examined the woman and DNA evidence was used to confirm Rodas as the assailant, prosecutors said.
In addition to serving his 19-year sentence in state prison for the four felony convictions, Rodas will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to Pacioni.
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