Feb 1, 2022
The Bakersfield, California, Police Department arrested a 36-year-old man last week in connection with a sexual assault and torture case. Police indicated that the alleged sexual assault occurred January 25 in Bakersfield.
Jason Aaron Rodriguez, 36, of Bakersfield, was reportedly an early release non-violent offender under California’s AB 109 law. Rodriguez’s prior convictions included resisting an officer with violence, being a member of a gang, and felony possession of a firearm, according to a report from local ABC 23 Bakersfield.
ABC 23 confirmed that Rodriguez was arrested last Wednesday at 6:49 p.m. in the 3300 block of California Avenue in Bakersfield.
Assembly Bill 109 (AB 109) was passed by California voters in 2011 as the Public Safety Realignment Act. The legislation allows defendants convicted of “less serious” felonies to be diverted to local county jails to serve time (as opposed to state prison detention centers). AB 109 allowed Rodriguez to be released under the non-violent offender classification.
According to a Los Angeles County Department of Probation government website, AB 109 effectively shifts “responsibility for certain populations of offenders from the state to the counties.”
In addition to several outstanding felony arrest warrants from previous offenses, Rodriguez was reportedly arrested on suspicion of:
Local KGET NBC Bakersfield reported that Rodriguez pleaded not guilty Friday to the charges of rape, torture, and aggravated mayhem in connection with the previously mentioned sexual assault incident.
Rodriguez is reportedly being held on $1.1 million bail. His next hearing is scheduled for February 9.
Anyone with information regarding Rodriguez’s case is encouraged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.
Another sexual assault arrest that made news this past week involved Hannah Tubbs, a transgender female convicted of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a Palmdale restaurant bathroom in 2014.
As local ABC 7 reported, the violent crime occurred just prior to Tubbs turning 18. She had remained free of charges for several years until a recent DNA match led to her arrest.
Tubbs, now 26, admitted to the 2014 sexual assault, but was sentenced to only two years in a juvenile facility due to Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon’s policy mandating that juveniles are not prosecuted as adults.
As the crime committed by Tubbs occurred when she was a minor, Judge Barrera was required to apply the juvenile sentence despite the objection of prosecutors.
“In crystal clear terminology provides this court with the authority to order a transfer of an individual to sheriff’s custody, or to a county jail facility, after that individual has turned 19 years of age,” a prosecutor stated during court proceedings, according to ABC 7.
But the judge indicated that, even if a perpetrator is apprehended after turning 19, it is the date on which the crime occurred that ultimately determines whether or not the court has the authority to confine the individual to an adult facility.
“This court will not disregard what the legislature has put onto it as a limitation,” Judge Barrera said at the time of sentencing.
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Shea Sanna, however, expressed frustration at the limitations which impacted the court.
“[She’s]every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Deputy District Attorney Sanna. “If your kid goes to the bathroom, then you shouldn’t have to worry about them being attacked.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger issued the following statement regarding Thursday’s hearing:
“The outcome of the Tubbs case is unsatisfactory. Judge Barrera’s hands were tied today – due to the fact that the DA’s office failed to file a motion to transfer Tubbs to adult criminal court, which is where she rightly belongs. Instead, we’re left with a 26 year-old individual sentenced to two years in a juvenile facility in isolation, separated by sight and sound from the other juveniles.”
“To carry out justice, all of the oars in the criminal justice system must be rowing in the same direction. Today, that simply didn’t happen,” Barger added.
ABC 7 posted excerpts of a letter written by the sexual assault survivor who had been victimized by Tubbs in 2014. The survivor, who chose to not appear at the hearing, wrote:
“I live in fear most of the time. And although it’s something that I tried to tell myself isn’t my fault, I could never truly believe it. I feel that I’m to blame somehow, when I know deep down that isn’t the case. I hope, after all this comes to an end, my attacker gets the punishment (they) deserve for attacking a child with no problem and I can finally get on with my life.“
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