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Rapist gets 95 years to life

The victim, a minor who worked with the man at a Fountain Valley dry cleaner, testified that he said no one would believe her because of her undocumented status.

August 17, 2011
  • Jaime Zamora Ramirez
Jaime Zamora Ramirez (HAND IN, Daily Pilot )

A Costa Mesa man was sentenced to 95 years to life in prison Wednesday for raping an adult and a minor in two separate crimes.

A jury found Jaime Zamora Ramirez, 42, guilty of two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count of forcible sexual penetration and a sentencing enhancement for raping multiple victims and committing a sexual offense during a burglary, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

In the first case, prosecutors said Ramirez went to the home of a female friend on Oct. 12, 2008, forced his way in and raped her.

On July 11, 2009, Ramirez asked a subordinate at First Class Cleaners in Fountain Valley, where he was a manager, to drop off another employee, a minor, at his Costa Mesa home to perform "special deliveries," according to a news release from the D.A.'s office.

Ramirez then led the girl to a room in his house and raped her, later telling her that no one would believe her if she reported the rape because she was an undocumented immigrant.

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During his sentencing, that victim said she continues to struggle from the trauma, according to the district attorney's office.

Ramirez has a criminal record. He was previously convicted in a 1992 vehicular manslaughter case.

— Lauren Williams

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