James Ernest Bledsoe: Huntington Beach Rapist Goes Down

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Not that Bledsoe...
Parolee James Ernest Bledsoe was a registered sex offender and sported crooked teeth, Dumbo-sized ears and a bowl haircut.

But some women in Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa bars couldn't resist Bledsoe.

The 30-year-old managed to get more than 30 women to leave local drinking holes to visit his bachelor pad, where he secretly DVD-recorded his sexual assaults.

Bledsoe's game officially ended late yesterday. An Orange County jury rejected his claim that the sexual encounters were consensual. Jurors convicted him of committing multiple felonies and misdemeanors involving four of the women.

According to prosecutor Jennifer Walker, Bledsoe had a secret weapon to score: he got the women either so intoxicated or drugged that they were incoherent before he assaulted them.

Walker's key evidence? Bledsoe's secret DVD recordings.

This can't be repeated often enough for California men--especially college men: It is illegal to have sex with a person who is incoherent or not mentally able to give consent. Intoxication is not your ticket to score. Is that so difficult to grasp?

Bledsoe won't need to try to master that simple lesson anymore. Orange County Superior Court Judge John Conley will punish him with--get this--a likely minimum 100-year prison term at his January sentencing hearing.

(His ugly past helped bolster the pending punishment. He was convicted in 2003 for committing lewd and lascivious acts on a minor and sentenced to prison for three years. He has also been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of marijuana with intent to sell, according to court records.)

Bledsoe's good news? He'll have to keep the Dumbo ears, but he can get those crooked teeth fixed at taxpayer expense in the slammer.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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Keith Smith
Keith Smith

Sometimes the perp ends up dead.

In 1974, at the age of 14, I was abducted, beaten and raped by a pedophile predator in my home town of Lincoln, Rhode Island. Although he was arrested and indicted, he never went to trial. He never went to trial because he was brutally beaten to death in the streets of Providence before his court date. 36 years later, no one has ever been charged with the crime. Someone got away with murder.

Now I use my experience to help keep kids safe.

Visit www.MenInMyTown.wordpress.com

STRONG ARM
STRONG ARM

YA RIGHT THIS DORK GOT ASS ??? GHB AND ABOUT 10 DRINKS FOR THE GIRL MAYBE... LOSER

cook
cook

Why do women get drunk to have sex?  If they want sex so bad and don't really like looking at his ugly face, thats what a paper bag is for.

Gary-cel
Gary-cel

Errr.....why is it stated that MEN must learn that it is illegal to have sex with an intoxicated person? Is it not illegal for women to have sex with an intoxicated person? If so, there are a lot of female felons that haven't been charged.

Guest
Guest

Paper bags break too easily. Always use plastic bags. After awhile they calm down and are really quiet.

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