VISTA (CNS) - A 70-year-old Oceanside man who raped two female family members repeatedly over a decade and threatened to kill them was sentenced Monday to 475 years in prison.
"In 17 years, this is the worst I've seen," Deputy District Attorney Tracy Prior told City News Service.
Prior said Corazon Paulino Flores began raping one of the victims in 1996, when she was in kindergarten, and continued the assaults over 10 years. The other girl was raped repeatedly over seven years beginning in 1995, the prosecutor said.
Flores took them to isolated areas, including a shed at a ranch, to rape them while threatening them with guns and knives, according to Prior. He also forced them to take birth control pills and threatened them if they were to become pregnant.
He was convicted of 27 counts of forcible rape and child molestation in June.
Prior said the victims feared for their lives and waited years to report the crimes, a delay she sees frequently.
"Victims stay silent because they are fearful, embarrassed, feel shame and don't think they will be believed," Prior said. "Fortunately, the criminal justice system has tools in place to hold these abusers accountable, and vindicate victims for what they endured."
Flores was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Runston Maino.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.