Anthony Vasquez Sentenced for Sexual Assault in Elevator

Former Foster Mother Says She Knew He Was Capable of Violence

Monday, June 18, 2012
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A month after his no contest plea to rape of an unconscious person and felony sexual battery, Anthony Vasquez was sentenced Friday morning to four years and eight months in state prison. With his plea, he also admitted he violated probation and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Anthony Vasquez
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Anthony Vasquez

Vasquez, 19, was arrested in late January after a city parking employee contacted authorities when he reviewed footage that showed the incident. The video showed Vasquez bringing an unconscious woman into an elevator and assaulting her for an hour before leaving. The woman then woke up three-and-a-half hours later.

Prosecutor Paula Waldman said Vasquez, who has 288 days of credit, will actually serve half-time on his sentence in state prison.

Waldman added that the victim was present in court for the sentencing, but declined to make a statement. The victim had told Waldman she wanted Vasquez to be convicted of rape, have to register as a sex offender, and serve time in state prison. With all three being achieved, Waldman said she believed the victim felt justice was served.

If the case had gone to trial, Waldman said the victim was prepared to testify.

Vasquez’s adoptive mother, Sylvia Jovanna Vasquez, maintained the opinion she expressed during her own trial for child abuse five years ago. She said that the system has continued to fail Anthony and he suffers from reactive attachment disorder. She said she has felt he was capable of violence since he was in his early teens and worried for her other children when he was under her care.

Because of the condition she believes he suffers from, Sylvia said her son needs psychiatric care and fears for potential future victims. She added that Anthony has told her he thinks he could be killed while he is incarcerated.

When asked about Sylvia’s opinion, Waldman said she can’t possibly know what psychological impact Sylvia’s treatment of Anthony had on him.

“This case was about a very limited aspect of Anthony Vasquez,” Waldman said. “It wasn’t about the things Sylvia Jovanna Vasquez is discussing. If she has these kinds of concerns, she needed to come forward with them earlier.”


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I am sure prison will help him with his issues-psyche! All that is going to happen is that he is going to become a more violent sexual predator, and CA will probably drop the ball in supervising him so that there will be more victims.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
June 18, 2012 at 8:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

CA drop the ball? No way Jose. All those repeat offenders you see re-commiting crimes are part of the standard operating procedure in CA.
Remember bro, (quotation marks for intended sarcasm) these are "victims" that are "wrongfully" being convicted & incarcerated.
They can all be "rehabilitated" & become "productive" members of society.
We just have to keep "giving all the chances" in the world so that they can "prove their worth" as citizens.
The reason they can't follow the straight & narrow path of law abiding society is because of Bush, Cheney, Rowse, Francisco, Hotchkiss & that vast "conservative" conspiracy, as well as that evil entity known as "The Man" :) henry

hank (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2012 at 4:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Right Hank, because the incarcerate more and more often and think about it never policy is working so well at fighting crime.

Next up, we'll complain about "big bag gubment" spending, but ignore the things we like that contribute to the deficit.

All that said, this guy is getting what he deserves, just 10 to 20 years too little of it.

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2012 at 4:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Num1UofAn: "All that said, this guy is getting what he deserves, just 10 to 20 years too little of it. "

Ain't that the truth?! Finally a case where the victim gets her wish. But you're right, should've been longer :) henry

hank (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2012 at 6 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hank, since you're into quotation marks I might as well remind you that you missed one. People don't commit crimes, they "act out".

billclausen (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2012 at 7:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sothep's "Easy" Fix:

1) Dramatically increase severity of punishments, across the board, for all offenses. Make most violent crime a capital offense.
2) Abolish the appeals process.
3) Redirect half of the savings from decreased incarceration to education.
4) A quarter goes to social services to preemptively handle concerns before they become problems.
5) The remainding quarter goes to law enforcement and the judicial system, with focuses on prevention and improved certainty of guilt, respectively.

Sothep (anonymous profile)
June 19, 2012 at 10:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Did I follow this correctly that the criminal is one of the kids that was locked in the cage by the crazy mom several years back or did I miss something?

sbmomandpop (anonymous profile)
June 20, 2012 at 8:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sothep, be careful, you're laying out a plan of successful proportions!
Better knock it off or the "progressives" (not Progressives) will come after you w/ the torches & pitchforks (they're Luddites you know, but they LOVE Apple products, even though Apple execs are 1%ers)!

sbmom&pop: "Did I follow this correctly that the criminal is one of the kids that was locked in the cage by the crazy mom several years back or did I miss something?"

Well, if he wasn't then, he will be now, but by the state instead of mommy derarest :) henry

hank (anonymous profile)
June 20, 2012 at 11:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You got part of that correct: The defendant Anthony Vasquez was the kid that Jovanna Vasquez was accused of locking in a cage.
Joyce Dudley prosecuted Jovanna Vasquez and ignored compelling evidence of "Reactive Attachment Disorder" and did not want to hear that Ms Vasquez had locked Anthony in his room (not in a cage as alleged) in order to protect other children on the premises.
Ms. Dudley also went to great lengths to keep the press away from Anthony's case and she went to great lengths to bring the press in on Jovanna's case.
Remember this is the case we heard about initially because the crime was captured on the video in the public parking lot, and then it gets soft peddled!
And to think Joyce made a carrier on protecting victims of sexual crimes!

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
March 29, 2013 at 5:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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