October 10, 2017
District Attorney’s Office Ends Cold Case Murder Trial with a 25 to Life Sentence
This week a judge sentenced Jose Esteban Cardenas Zuniga to 25 years to life in prison for the murder of a woman whose body was found strangled to death in a Santa Ana parking lot almost 10 years ago. At the time, crime lab investigators collected DNA evidence from the victim's body and stored it in the state crime database until a match was found in 2013. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office successfully prosecuted Zuniga in a trial by jury and he was convicted on July 20, 2017.
Conviction Returned in Case of Man Kidnapping and Raping 14 year-old Girl
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and the Orange County District Attorney’s Sexual Assault Unit successfully prosecuted serial child predator Elias Omar Xicontencatl of Anaheim. Xicontencatl a 26 year old male was convicted of kidnapping a 14 year old girl outside of Loara High School in 2011. Xicontencatl put a knife to the girl's throat as she walked to school. He then threw her in a van blindfolded and bound her hands before raping her.
Making the case even more disturbing is the fact that Xicotencati attempted to kidnap three other girls ranging from ages 11-16 resulting in 3 additional felony convictions of attempted kidnapping to commit a sex offense.
Xicotencatl is scheduled for sentencing on December 8, 2017.
Read more about this case on the Orange County Register's Website.
September 13, 2017
Sixty-Seven Year Old Anaheim Man Sentenced to 80 Years to Life in Prison
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas successfully prosecuted a 67 year old Anaheim man this year for having sexual relationships with two underage girls. Last week the defendant Jose Luis Gonzalez was sentenced to 80 years to life in prison. Gonzalez manipulated the two girls into having sex with himself and a codefendant over a period of years Read more.
Man Found Guilty For Kidnapping Woman Outside of a Fullerton Night Club and Raping Her
This week a jury found 34 year old Mauricio Lunaty Garcia guilty of various felony charges related to the kidnapping and rape of a woman outside a Fullerton Night Club. Garcia posed as a police officer, administered a fake sobriety test then forced the woman into the back of his car while restraining her with zip ties. After raping the woman in a secluded location he returned her to the nightclub parking lot. Garcia faces a sentence of 95 years to life in prison. Read More
Man Found Guilty for Pimping and Pandering While Out on Bail Sentenced
Rico Christopher Clayton of Carson California was sentenced to 8 years in prison recently. Clayton pled guilty to recruiting woman to engage in sex for his financial benefit. At the time Carson was on bail for another charge related to pimping. Read More.
August 30, 2017
Dangerous Human Trafficker with Third Strike Receives 99 Years to Life Sentence
Earlier this year a jury found Chazz Andrew Jackson (San Diego) guilty of more than a dozen felonies, including human trafficking and exploitation and attempting to dissuade a witness from testifying. He was sentenced last week to 99 years to life in prison. Jackson was previously convicted of four felonies, robbery and attempted carjacking charges. Anaheim police arrested Jackson after finding he had been acting as a pimp of an 18 year old girl and later discovered she had been forcibly raped as well as four additional women.
A case prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney’s office saw a caregiver sentenced to five years in state prison. Guillermo Trujillo of Newport Beach was found guilty of stealing more than $125,000 from an elderly man with dementia. Innocent elderly victims are prone to fall victim to predatory caregivers. You can read more about the case on the Orange County Register Website.
Orange County District Attorney Program Reduces Criminal Recidivism
Pacific Education Services, in cooperation with the Orange County District Attorney’s office, implements the Orange County Treatment Offender Program OC-OTP. The program provides treatment and personal growth programs for individuals charged with drug usage and/or possession offenses. An evaluation of the program yielded a reduction in recidivism of 500%.
August 17, 2017
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas Continues to Crackdown on Human Trafficking and Exploitation in Orange County
In order to proactively reduce crimes of human trafficking and exploitation in Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas works in coordination with multiple agencies at the local, county, state and federal level. Below are some of the most recent successful prosecutions.
Long Beach Man Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison For Human Trafficking and Pimping of Minor Girls
This week Marcos Ramon Santos was sentenced to 28 years in State Prison in a case handled by the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Santos pled guilty to a number of crimes including human trafficking of a minor, pimping a minor under 16 years old, and human trafficking. Using social media Santos contacted 3 girls age 16 and younger and had them post sexually explicit photos on the internet used to lure potential sex purchasers for years. Santos took all of the money made from their prostitution.
San Bernardino Man Found Guilty by a Jury of Human Trafficking, Pimping and Pandering of a 13 Year Old Orange County Girl
On Monday 31 year old John Wayne Calhoun was found guilty by a Jury of human trafficking, pimping and pandering of a 13 year old girl in Orange County. The defendant was found guilty of driving the 13 year old victim to Orange County where she engaged in sex acts for money that was then handed over to Calhoun. Additionally, Calhoun physically assaulted the 13 year old to maintain his control over her.
July 28, 2017
District Attorney’s Office Hosts Summer Youth Education Conference to Teach Students about the Criminal Justice System
Orange County high school students interested in learning about the criminal justice system have a chance to work hands on this week as the OCDA’s office hosts its annual Summer Youth Education Conference. Students will visit various law enforcement agencies and professionals in the weeklong conference ending with a mock trial and graduation (More).
District Attorney Rackauckas Heads Out Into the Community to Bring Awareness to Human Trafficking Issue
Last week District Attorney Tony Rackauckas attended the Laguna Woods City Council, the San Juan Capistrano Council and Tustin City Council meetings to educate the Councils and local citizens about the rising human trafficking issue in Orange County and how the District Attorney’s Office is working diligently to fight against these crimes. Read More in the Orange County Register.
Sex Offender in Human Trafficking Case Gets 24 Years in Prison
In a case handled by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office Raul Antonio Ramos was sentenced yesterday to 24 years in prison. Ramos pled guilty earlier this year to numerous felony sex assault counts. During the crime, using his security guard badge, Ramos 28 threatened a 19 year old sex trafficking victim to have sex with him or face arrest (More).