Man Sentenced to Life for Raping, Impregnating Stepdaughter

Santos Guevara Oliva sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole (May 18, 2015)
Paul Wellman

On Monday, Judge Michael Carrozzo sentenced a 35-year-old man who raped and impregnated his 13-year-old stepdaughter in 2012 to life in prison without the possibility of parole, marking the first time a child molester received a life sentence in Santa Barbara County.

Santos Guevara-Oliva of Carpinteria was found guilty in March of forcible rape and aggravated sexual assault of a child under age 14. The jury verdict came after weeks of graphic testimonies, including from two young victims. Prosecuting attorney Benjamin Ladinig handled the case; public defender Mindi Boulet represented Guevara-Oliva.

Born in El Salvador, Guevara-Oliva had been deported in 2010 and then illegally reentered the country, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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