SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old mentally disabled relative at her home in Serra Mesa was sentenced Friday to 12 years in state prison.
Imshay Segrest, 30, was convicted Aug. 30 of committing a forcible lewd act on a child. The victim has the mental capacity of an 8- or 9-year-old, prosecutors said.
Judge Amalia Meza, who sentenced Segrest to the aggravated term, said the defendant's actions brought long-lasting trauma to the victim.
"What he did was a very frightening act on a child who was disabled," the judge said. Turning to the defendant, the judge said, "You can't victimize people like that."
Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney said Segrest has been in trouble with the law for all of his adult life, doing drugs, leading police on chases, associating with gang members and carrying a concealed weapon.
Segrest went to prison in 2003 for felony evasion and possession of cocaine and again in 2004 for felony evasion. Segrest was on probation at the time of the sexual assault on his relative, the prosecutor said.
"He hasn't done anything productive in the last 11 years," Rooney told the judge.
The defendant's mother, Patricia, said Segrest had a rough childhood because she was hooked on crack cocaine.
She urged the judge to have mercy on her son so he could be with his year-old son.
"My son Imshay is not a bad person," his mother said. "He made a mistake. I do believe in second chances."
According to the prosecution, the victim's father was awakened by his daughter's screams in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, rushed to her room and found her on the floor with her pants off and the defendant on top of her.
Segrest, who fled while the girl's father was on the telephone with police, was arrested at his Ritchey Street home in Skyline on Feb. 1.
Defense attorney Charles Luckman said Segrest was under the influence of drugs and alcohol the night of the attack.
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