Accused rapist will be tried as an adult

A 17-year-old man is being charged as an adult for raping and sodomizing his younger half-sister.

Jesus Angel Espinosa is being charged with forcible rape, sodomy and oral copulation for crimes committed against his 13-year-old half-sister on Dec. 18.

Espinosa now also faces two counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 for allegedly touching the victim and another relative a month earlier, prosecutor Elizabeth Raffaelli said.

The amended complaint against Espinosa, a 17-year-old being charged as an adult, also reflects special allegations that each of the forcible sex crimes against Espinosa's half-sister was a serious felony, Raffaelli said.

The San Mateo County district attorney's office alleges that Espinosa, who lived with his father, stepmother and the victim, entered the victim's room, locked the door, raped and sodomized the girl and forced her to engage in oral sex.

The victim immediately reported the incident to her parents, and physical evidence corroborates the girl's story, the prosecution alleges.

Espinosa, represented by the San Mateo County private defender program, appeared in court but did not enter a plea today. Superior Court Commissioner Susan Greenberg granted a one-week delay at the defense's request.

Espinosa will return to court on Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m.


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