[UPDATED with Sentence:] Joseph Raymond Garcia Raped and Sodomized Women He Met Online
The 51-year-old Irvine resident met two of the victims online through MillionaireMatch.com.
According to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office:
During the sentencing today, two of Garcia's victims gave impact statements to the court. Jane Doe #3 said that Garcia has detrimentally affected her romantic life and sense of security, and she hopes he one day realizes the impact of his actions. Jane Doe #1 said that the way Garcia violated her has affected her physical, financial, and emotional well-being. She explained that she has seen a change in her self-confidence, demeanor, and the way she lives her daily life. Jane Doe #1 asked the court to impose a sentence that will prevent Garcia from ever harming another woman.
UPDATE, APRIL 7, 6 P.M.: A jury today convicted Joseph Raymond Garcia of forcibly sodomizing three women, two of whom he met online through MillionaireMatch.com. The 51-year-old Irvine resident also was found guilty of raping two of the women.
He faces up to 120 years in state prison at his May 20 sentencing in Santa Ana on six felony counts of sodomy by force, two felony counts of forcible rape, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for forcible sex crimes against multiple victims.
ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 29, 7:44 A.M.: Opening statements are expected to begin in Santa Ana this morning in the trial of Joseph Raymond Garcia, 51, of Irvine, who is accused of forcibly sodomizing three women, two of whom he met online through MillionaireMatch.com.
It is alleged that between March 2005 and October 2006, Garcia met two women through the site billed as "the world's best and largest dating site for successful singles, admirers and friends." He is accused of creating a personal profile claiming to have an annual income over $200,000 and describing himself as "sophisticated, charming," and "strikingly handsome."
With both women, a date was arranged and the couple would go back to his apartment. There, he allegedly forcibly sodomized one of the women and sodomized and raped the second woman. He is also accused of doing the latter with a third woman he met at the post office, where she worked. The victims ranged in age from 22 to 45.
The assaults were reported to the Irvine Police Department, which investigated and ultimately arrested Garcia.
He is charged with six felony counts of sodomy by force, two felony counts of forcible rape, and he faces a sentencing enhancement allegation for forcible sex crimes against multiple victims.
If convicted, Garcia could get up to 120 years to life in state prison.