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Irvine Man Charged In Connection With 3 Sex Offenses

August 11, 2011

Irvine police have arrested a man they believe to be a serial rape suspect, ABC News is reporting.

According to the news report, an investigated spearheaded by the Irvine police and Newport Beach police departments has led to an arrest in three cases spanning six years.
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Sex crimes in Irvine and throughout Orange County are among the toughest to defend in the eye of the public. Many consider an arrest a conviction, though there have been many not guilty verdicts on behalf of these defendants. And that's why hiring an experienced Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney is so important. An aggressive defense ensures the rights that all Americans have to a fair trial.

In this case, a 29-year-old man faces multiple counts of rape and other felonies and he is being held without bail. The investigations go back to 2005 and include cases he is suspected in up to 2010.

According to the news report, the victims in rapes in both cities between May 2005 and July 2010 couldn't provide a description of their attacker because he covered his face. The first case was in May 2005 and the second in November 2006. The second rape was at the same apartment complex as the crime committed on July 7, 2010.

The news report states police set up surveillance in the area following the second rape at that complex last year. This June, police say they received reports of a suspicious person in the area and they stepped up patrols.

The man who was arrested was one of the people seen in the area and he was contacted by police. The article states that police had no DNA or fingerprint matches from the crimes in state or federal databases.

But after "further investigation" forensic experts were able to match fingerprints in the Newport Beach rape case to the man. That print also matched the two Irvine investigations.

The article, however, doesn't make clear how police could have had no matching fingerprints or DNA in the latter cases and all of a sudden they were able to match this man to the crimes. It's possible police overstepped their bounds in the investigation.

And it's also possible that police telling the media they have a fingerprint match could be a partial match. They may not have had probable cause in the first place to consider the man a "suspect" simply for being near an apartment complex. He may have lived there or had friends who lived there.

All of these areas must be scrutinized before trial and it may be possible that evidence could be excluded if it was obtained improperly. That's why hiring an experienced and aggressive Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney is so important. Analyzing all evidence while using years of experience is the only way to get to the bottom of the facts.

It is especially important in sex cases. In California, these charges can lead to years or decades in prison, along with probation, fines and fees and even the possibility of having to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator for life. This means having a person's photo, address and other information in a database for anyone in the world to search. It also means neighbors will be notified when the person moves nearby because they must tell law enforcement when and where they move. Failure to do so can mean more prison time.

If you are facing criminal charges in Orange County, contact the Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera Jr. to discuss your options. Through three decades of experienced, Attorney LaBarbera has argued over 200 criminal trials and appeals. Call (714) 541-9668 for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights.

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