James Ernest Bledsoe, Sex Offender Who Tried to Beat Rape Rap by Fleeing to Mexico, Gets His Day in Court
And 30-year-old James Ernest Bledsoe may have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those dang cops who nabbed him just before he crossed the border into Mexico.
Here's the initial Huntington Beach Police Department bulletin from 2007:
On Saturday, December 15th at 323am officers were sent to the 16000 block of Lynn Street reference a date rape. The victim indicated that she was assaulted and raped at the suspect's apartment. The suspect was identified as James Bledsoe, a high risk sex offender on parole for 288 PC (Lewd act on a child). Bledsoe ran from the area after learning that the police were contacted. His car, a silver 2003 BMW was found nearby and impounded. Officers in the early morning hours spoke with Bledsoe by phone. He agreed to turn himself in, however has not done so.
Efforts to locate Bledsoe continued throughout the day. Officers went to an apartment complex near Warner and Lynn. Bledsoe was observed running from the complex. An intensive search was conducted in the area however Bledsoe was not located.
Bledsoe is wanted for a $100,000 Ramey arrest warrant and for violating his parole. Anyone with information regarding Bledsoe current whereabouts is asked to immediately contact the police department via 911. The lead investigator is Detective Weizoerick.
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On Sunday, December 16th Huntington Beach detectives received information that James Bledsoe may be attempting to flee to Mexico. Huntington Beach police officers responded to San Ysidro in an effort to locate him. At approx. 736 pm Bledsoe was detained while walking toward Mexico by San Diego PD officers. After being detained, he used a false name. He heard via the police radio that Huntington Beach officers were nearby with his picture. Upon hearing this he took off running. A short foot pursuit took place and he was taken into custody at 710 E. San Ysidro Blvd. Bledsoe possessed two thousand dollars in cash at the time of his arrest. Bledsoe was transported and booked at the Huntington Beach jail.
Being investigated for raping a 27-year-old woman in his apartment in the 16000 block of Lynn Street in Huntington Beach, Bledsoe already had a hefty rap sheet. He pleaded guilty to an assault with a deadly weapon charge in 2001 and possession of marijuana for sale in 2003. In December of that same year, he copped to a lewd or lascivious act with a minor charge. Two other counts of forcible lewd acts against a child, another count of lewd or lascivious act with a minor and a count contributing to the delinquency of a minor were dismissed. He was sentenced to three years in state prison.
This week, Bledsoe's defense attorneys argue that he dated the women leveling accusations against him, boozed it up with them and had consensual sex with them. That's not how Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker is telling it. She claims Bledsoe, on parole for the lewd act with a child charge, targeted the youngest women at bars, assuming they would be easier to ply with alcohol and take advantage of. He got their phone numbers and called later for dates.
The defense claims it was Bledsoe who handed police the evidence that is now being used against him. He sought to protect himself by having his mother give cops a DVD that he believed proved his sex with one accuser was consensual, claims his lawyer, who adds that as a registered sex offender, his client taped his sexual encounters to protect himself.
Instead, it led to a search of Bledsoe's home that produced a cache of DVDs labeled with dates and names of women.