[UPDATED with More Victims Sought:] Travis Dewayne Batten Jr. Popped for Rapes Dating Back to 2005

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UPDATE, JULY 25, 7:56 A.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) is seeking other possible victims of suspected serial rapist Travis Dewayne Batten, Jr. of Irvine.

The 29-year-old is facing felony counts that could put him behind bars from 157 to 204 years with a conviction.

The OCDA lays out its case against the Fletcher Jones Motor Cars mechanic and explains how to contact investigators seeking other potential victims after the jump . . .

July 22, 2011

OCDA SEEKS PUBLIC'S HELP IN IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF MAN CHARGED WITH THREE SEXUAL ASSAULTS OF WOMEN IN IRVINE AND NEWPORT BEACH

NEWPORT BEACH - The Orange County District Attorney is seeking the public's help in identifying potential additional victims of a man who was charged today with the sexual assaults of three women in the cities of Irvine and Newport Beach. Travis Dewayne Batten, Jr., 29, Irvine, was arraigned this afternoon on three felony counts of forcible rape, two felony counts of assault with intent to commit sexual offense during commission of first degree burglary, two felony counts of forcible oral copulation, and one felony count each of assault with intent to commit sexual offense, sodomy by force, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, dissuading a witness by force or threat, kidnapping to commit rape, and first degree residential burglary. He is also charged with sentencing enhancement allegations for committing sexual offenses during the commission of a burglary, tying up or binding a person, and sexual assault of multiple victims. If convicted, Batten faces a sentence ranging from 157 years to life up to 204 years to life in state prison. He is being held without bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing, August 1, 2011, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-1, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach. 

Between May 2005 and July 2010, Batten is accused breaking into the residences of three women he did not know while wearing a mask. He is accused of raping two Irvine women and sexually assaulting a third living in Newport Beach. Both Irvine attacks occurred at residences in the same apartment complex, Amherst Apartments. Prior to both Irvine attacks, residents contacted police reporting a suspicious man and/or vehicle in and around the area.

At approximately 9:00 p.m. on May 20, 2005, Batten, then-23, is accused of wearing a mask and breaking into the Newport Beach residence of 40-year-old Jane Doe #1 while she was out. When the victim arrived home, the defendant is accused of attacking her and throwing Jane Doe #1 to the ground. Batten is accused of forcing the victim to her bedroom, duct taping her hands and over her mouth, and sexually assaulting the victim. He is accused of sexually assaulting Jane Doe #1's breasts and vagina. Batten is then accused of punching the victim twice in the head and threatening the victim by stating he would come back and get her if she contacted police. He is accused of fleeing the scene. Jane Doe #1 called 911.

Newport Beach Police Department officers responded to the scene and investigated the case. Batten is accused of leaving DNA at the scene, which was collected by police, processed by Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL), and entered in the local and State DNA databases.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2006, Batten is accused of wearing a dark mask and breaking into the Irvine apartment of 21-year-old Jane Doe #2. While the victim was showering, the defendant is accused of waiting outside of the victim's bathroom. He is accused of raping Jane Doe #2 as he exited her bathroom throwing her to the ground and tying her hands. Batten is accused of sodomizing the victim and raping her a second time. Before fleeing the scene, the defendant ordered the victim to get into the shower and not to contact police. Jane Doe #2 called 911.

Irvine Police Department (IPD) officers investigated the case. Batten is accused of leaving DNA at the scene, which was processed by OCCL and entered into the local and State DNA databases. The DNA was matched to the DNA collected in the 2005 sexual assault.

At approximately 12:00 a.m. on July 8, 2010, the defendant is accused of breaking into the Irvine apartment of 24-year-old Jane Doe #3 while wearing a mask. Batten is accused of gaining access into the home while the victim was showering. He is accused of attacking Jane Doe #3, throwing her to the ground and binding her hands. Batten is accused of raping Jane Doe #3 and forcing the victim to engage in mutual oral copulation. He is accused of ordering the victim to get in the shower and not to call police before fleeing the scene. Jane Doe #3 called 911.

IPD investigated this case. The defendant is accused of leaving DNA at the scene, which was collected by police and processed by OCCL. Based on the DNA, it was determined that the three sexual assaults had been perpetrated by the same person. IPD continued to receive complaints of a suspicious man in the same Irvine neighborhood where the two prior attacks occurred. Batten was linked to the crimes as a result of further investigation and arrested July 21, 2011, while driving to Fletcher Jones Motorcars dealership in Newport Beach, where he works as a mechanic.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794 or Irvine Police Department detectives at (949) 724-7194.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.

UPDATE, JULY 21, 1:55 P.M.: The Irvine Police Department released the booking photo at right of a suspected serial rapist blamed for sexual assaults in Irvine and Newport Beach from May 2005 through July 2010.

Cops also corrected the spelling of the suspect's name: Travis Dewayne Batten, Jr.

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 21, 11:20 A.M.: All Irvine Police detectives had to go on investigating a sexual assault in November 2006 was DNA evidence collected at the scene. It wound up matching DNA collected at a Newport Beach rape scene 18 months earlier.

Working the cases later produced a latent fingerprint from the May 2005 rape in Newps. But the forensics evidence was of little use without a match to prints or DNA samples of someone in the crime database.

That all changed yesterday.

Wednesday afternoon, Irvine and Newport Beach police investigators working together arrested 29-year-old Travis Dewayne Batton Batten, Jr. of Irvine. He was later booked into the Orange County Jail for multiple counts of rape and other felonies for sexual assaults dating back to May 2005. He is being held without bail.

The trail that led to the arrest re-opened on July 7, 2010, when a sexual assault was reported in the same residential complex as the November 2006 case. Again, DNA was recovered and it ultimately matched that collected at the 2005 and 2006 rape scenes. And, again, the new case started to chill because of no database matches and the assault victim being unable to describe her attacker's face or physique.

But the location similarities prompted  Irvine detectives to conduct uniformed and undercover patrols of the area. Last month, Irvine police received a report of suspicious person prowling in the same area as the assaults. Detectives stepped up surveillance of the area, and some leads helped the department narrow in on an unknown number of suspects.

An Irvine police statement released this morning does not describe exactly how it was done, but detectives were able to obtain fingerprints from these people of interest. Police say Batten's "positively matched" the print recovered in Newport Beach six years ago.

Batten's booking photo is expected to be released later today, according to Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen, who added detectives are trying to determine if there are other victims out there. If you know anything that can help the case, call Irvine detectives at 949.724.7194.


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262 comments
michelletucker59
michelletucker59

Finally this is underway and justice will be served for the poor victims!

kimbee
kimbee

Does anybody know what's going on with this case?  They keep pushing the trial back.  Has anyone gone to the hearings?   


Helen18202
Helen18202

Pre trial 10/14Motion penal code 995 10/14 --request to reduce or dismiss chargesJury Trial 1/17

Guest
Guest

Im seeing on line (superior court access for OC) that the defense team filed a motion to dismiss. It must have been denied because they set a Jury trial date in January.

Guest
Guest

There it is Lpalin in black and white. They matched the DNA.

Guest
Guest

Next court date 9/2 pre trial conference...

Guest
Guest

Guilty, DNA does not lie! Where were all the supporters and family during court?! Obviously not there supporting or they would have heard the results themselves!

Kbdprincess
Kbdprincess

There is no way he could of done this. He was almost married to someone while working full time to support his sister and mother like the good person he is in 2005 until the market crashed and he had to sell his house. The cops are worng on this one and they wont admit it because they need someone to blame.

Guest
Guest

One charge now dismissed?

Buddy Dillynnsmom
Buddy Dillynnsmom

Please promise me that if we find this is true everyone commenting on here will feel as bad for the victims as much as they do for Travis. Does anyone wonder how hard it is for these women, that have to now relive this all over again?

Guest
Guest

On the court website it looks like he is back at the Arraignment stage.... Does anybody know what happened today?

Guest
Guest

Anybody in court today know how things went? It baffles me that there is no DNA results yet. I am not an expert but I wouldn't think it would take this long to find results. I know Travis' family must be anxious, as are the victims as well. 2 weeks seems like an awfully long time. I hope they revealed today that the DNA was negative and then the Batten family can go back to living a normal life. 

Michelle
Michelle

hang his ass why should we waste our tax dollar on keeping that piece of shit alive there is no reason

LGB
LGB

http://www.criminal-civilright...read this page. Travis chose this lawyer. The case is moving on. He's still remanded and pretrail is in a few days. He had to get an out of town lawyer it seems.Doesn't look too good from here.

faceitthedudeisguilty
faceitthedudeisguilty

The big question is, how did they come upon Travis as a suspect to begin with?  The answer is vaguely implied in the article and criminal complaint, but I suspect they were watching the apartment complex for the reported prowler and Prince Charming came sneaking around, leaving prints on things which later turned out to match prints at other crime scenes.

Even if you think there is a legitimate reason Travis' fingerprints would be at one of these crime scenes, you still need to ask yourself why he was picked up in the first place. 

Fpo1329
Fpo1329

I knew Travis as a kid and the only thing that surprises me about this situation is that Travis was caught raping women. I always figured he was gay. 

skyaboveman
skyaboveman

I do not know what to say. I know Travis. I know him very well. This is difficult to believe. Very difficult. Travis does not drink. He rarely cusses. He is not the type to talk about other people. In fact, he is very straight up and solid and trust worthy. 

As for looks, come on people, its a mug shot. Everybody looks horrible in a mug shot.

The crimes are truly horrendous. Just despicable. It does not seem like something Travis would be capable of. It does not seem like something any human would be capable of.

I pray to God these accusations are not true. I pray for Mom and Sister, who I also know but have not seen in a while. I know they are hurting. I pray for the victims, that their attacker is punished to the full extent of the law.

Johnson
Johnson

There is no way Travis is guilty. I have known him for a very long time. I have little respect for most people. I trust him like I trust no other. Of course, those idiots out there that can't read will think I said I don't trust him. People read and understand before jumping to such conclusions and taking things out of context. He was always a gentleman, decent and classy with everything he did. God help those police that convicted him because when this comes out that his DNA doesn't match...they will not be able to look at themselves in the mirror. They have destroyed an innocent young man for the glory of a conviction regardless of the truth. The press and all the releases already have twisted things so that it sounds as if they have concrete evidence. It is a pathetic example of our legal and justice system. This is not a Scott Peterson folks!!!

Uneek
Uneek

I work with this guy ,I never expected to hear anything like this from him.

Guest
Guest

I know Travis very well. He was the nicest guy ever!!! Very respectful and generous guys!!! I really don't believe all theses accusations against him... At this point we should not judge him until we get the DNA results! 

Guest
Guest

 I am good friends with Travis' sister and I love her to death. I am hoping with everything in me that these accusations are false and that the DNA will not match. Sending prayers and love to the entire family. If the DNA does match, I hope Travis will get the help he needs.

Jarheadjus2094
Jarheadjus2094

I knew this dude growing up lived in the same hood in irvine. He was. A lil weird but he was a porn obsessed freak. Hummmmmm, what do you do for 200 years in da pen! Get what u deserve!

Guest
Guest

Ah Fletcher Jones finally made someone crack.....

Marissa1429
Marissa1429

Travis was my ex-husbands BEST friend. I've known him for 11 going on 12 years, and never once has he ever done anything to make me think these charges are true! The DNA will come back not his! Travis may seem a little weird and stand offish but once you get to know him you'd realize he is a really nice guy. I've never known him to lay a finger on any woman let alone rape someone! Back in 2005 and 2006 he lived in Temecula and worked for a Fletcher Jones but went to work with a different company. I know his Mom and his sister and they all are down to earth and really supportive of each other. There was no abuse as a child and he grew up in Irvine, so he never went without. I believe Travis is not guilty, but we will have to wait for DNA to come back!

Helen Haynes
Helen Haynes

Knew part of the family..good people and him in younger years.... I am stunned.

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Watsonkely
Watsonkely

Innocent until proven guilty, but then again...even O.J. got away with murder (legally). I knew the guy too, but I guess I just didn't know him that well. I still will reserve my judgement of him until all the facts are out.I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Andromeda2002 on--s'e'ek'c'ou'ga'r.c óm--.it is the first and best club for y'ounger women and old'er men, or older women and y'ounger men,to int'eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch'eck 'it out or tell your friends!

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Poorsport365
Poorsport365

Innocent until proven guilty, but then again...even O.J. got away with murder (legally). I knew the guy too, but I guess I just didn't know him that well. I still will reserve my judgement of him until all the facts are out.

woooow
woooow

I have known him for 15 years! This is crazy! He always seemed creepy but I never thought anything about it.

guest
guest

i used to work with this guy at fletcher jones in newport beach..  seem a little strange but didnt expect this. goes to show you never know ppl around you.

Crippin4sho
Crippin4sho

I grew up with the guy. And who knows if he done it or not? People got all sorts of nasty freaky perversions goin on. He had a good job? So fuckin what? That don't mean that ur not gonna steal pu$$y. If ur dna links up 3 times! Ur a fuckin raper! That's just nasty. He may know how to fix a benz, but he also knows how to destroy peoples lives! Fuk all rapist and child molesters! U sik fuks! They shud get a magnify glass & burn holes in ur dik in the middle of the desert! Fuk get a hooker

Nickperkins
Nickperkins

I am the owner of Dana Point European Repair. Travis never owned it and has not worked here in about 8 months. Please dont affiliate his accused actions with my buisness. thanks.

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Laura
Laura

wow, I guess mandirgma knows this guy, I looked up the suspects name and mechanic or technician and this popped up:  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tr...The dude looks like an accomplished Benz mechanic.

Mandirigma Ako
Mandirigma Ako

Not guilty! This guy can't harm anyone. Travis has helped me work on several of my cars and has been great around my family. He has been harassed and made fun off all his life for the way he looks. The DNA will not match and all you fools will eat your words.Cops just want to close an old case that has been unsolved since 2005!-Mandirigma

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guest
guest

I knew this guy when I was younger and I have to say that this is the least surprising news I've heard all day.

Zak
Zak

The guy looks like he's suffering some sort of mental retardation, he must have some smarts to get away with molesting woman this long.

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