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.


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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