James Ernest Bledsoe, Child Molester-Turned-Serial Rapist, Gets 129 Years

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It was easy to lose amid all the serial killer coverage, but late last week serial rapist James Ernest Bledsoe, 30, of Huntington Beach, was sentenced to 129 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting four women in his apartment and surreptitiously videotaping the rapes without the victims' knowledge or consent.

At the time of his crimes, Bledsoe was a registered sex offender thanks to a 2005 child molestation conviction.

Bledsoe met a 27-year-old woman, got her phone number and set up a date to a Costa Mesa nightclub on Dec. 14, 2007. They later left the club and went for a dip in the community Jacuzzi before heading back to Bledsoe's apartment. Around 3 a.m., Bledsoe began secretly videotaping consensual sex acts with the woman without her knowing she was being taped. She is shown trying to stand up and leave and Bledsoe pulling her back to the bed as she cried. He turned off the camera before raping her, then flipped it back on to reveal he was not allowing her to leave. She pleaded to be released and to get back her clothing which Bledsoe had hidden.

He went on to forcibly orally copulate her as she told him to stop, struggled to get away and said things like, "You're scaring me" and "You're hurting me." He assaulted her and masturbated in front of her, became angry, punched her in the stomach and yelled at her to, "Get the fuck out of my house." She managed to escape and catch a ride home from a passerby before reporting the rape to Huntington Beach Police.

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James Ernest Bledsoe to be gone a very long time.
Knowing that police were on his tail, Bledsoe tried to flee by parking his vehicle near the Mexican border and walking across, but he was stopped by San Diego Police, who arrested him.

Investigating the rape, Huntington Beach detectives found in Bledsoe's possession videotapes of other women who had been sexually assaulted. Meanwhile, DNA evidence proved he has raped the first 27-year-old woman.

His m.o. with a 21-year-old female victim was the same: get her name and number and set up a date, in this case a Huntington Beach bar on Oct. 8, 2007. Back at his apartment, Bledsoe pulled the same secret taping act, raping the woman while she was drunk or drugged, as the tape showed her slipping in and out of consciousness. She awoke the next morning in her own home sick and in Bledsoe's clothing. She remembered only having had one drink all night. She went to a hospital and reported to Huntington Beach Police that she had been sexually assaulted. But officers were not able to connect Bledsoe to the rape until finding the video.

The circumstances for a 24-year-old rape victim were much the same as the 21-year-old. She is non-responsive on the tape he made while masturbating next to her, digitally penetrating her, orally copulating her and raping her as she was unable to resist. She awoke the next morning without knowing she had been sexually assaulted. A parole officer later found her driver's license in Bledsoe's apartment, and about six months later rape investigators were able to identify her from one of the tapes Bledsoe created.

A second 21-year-old woman passed out in a Costa Mesa nightclub and, after Bledsoe offered to driver her home, she instead wound up in his apartment, where he secretly taped himself sexually assaulting her. Though she told him she did not want to have sex with him, Bledsoe forcibly raped and forcibly digitally penetrated her. She was able to leave the next morning for a hospital, where she reported the rape. She was not able to identify her attacker until seeing news coverage of Bledsoe's arrest. His DNA later matched rape kit evidence from the hospital.

Bledsoe was found guilty by a jury on Oct. 20 of two felony counts each of forcible rape, rape of an unconscious woman who was unable to resist, rape of woman who was unable to resist due to intoxication, sexual penetration by foreign object of a person who was unable to resist due to intoxication, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit sexual assault, forcible oral copulation, oral copulation of an unconscious person who was unable to resist, oral copulation of an intoxicated person, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and failure to register as a sex offender. He was found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of secretly filming another with the intent to arouse and one misdemeanor count of resisting and obstructing an officer. The jury found true the sentencing enhancements and allegations for committing sex crimes against multiple victims and being a habitual sex offender. 

As Bledsoe was being sentenced last week, the judge heard from the 21-year-old women the rapist victimized, according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office. The Oct. 8, 2007, victim's mother read her daughter's statement, which explained she has trouble trusting people and her life is in constant turmoil. The other 21-year-old victim said Bledsoe took away the dreams she had set for her life. "She said that while her physical injuries have healed, her emotional wounds remain and she can only try to move on and be strong," according to the statement.

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Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Bitch Young,Had the rapist been a wab, would your opening line have sounded differentlyr? For example: "Here's a tip. Do not hook up with a mexican guy at a bar. Call ICE instead..Hell, call our KKK OC-based ancestors...."

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Bitch Young,Had the rapist been a wab, would your opening line have sounded differently? Such as: "Here's a tip. Do not hook up with a mexican guy at a bar. Call ICE instead...."

mitch young
mitch young

Okay young women.

Here's a tip. Do not, do not hook up with a guy at a bar. Make him get your phone number. Make him take you out, at least twice, before you go to his abode.

I know this is old fashion, and I certainly am not excusing this dirt bag, but take my word for it --you avoid a lot of risk this way. Not completely, but a lot of it.

And yes, we will respect you more.

Reader1984
Reader1984

His ethnic or racial background has nothing to do with it.  Only die-hard racists would think otherwise.  However, why is it wrong to connect his being a Marine or having served in the Iraqi occupation to his crimes?  I can guarantee if you study the amount of crimes committed by military personnel / veterans, as compared to crimes committed by non-military general population, the proportions would be way out of wack.  Whether it's post-traumatic stress, the experience of what happens when you train kids to hate and murder brown people they know nothing about and have never met, and are just unable to "turn off" this sanctioned murderous and suspicious tendency, or whether the military just attracts these sorts, I don't care.  It would seem this guy was "normal" enough before the military put weapons in his hands and told him it was okay to mistrust and kill people who "didn't look right."  It's not surprising to me that we are now welcoming home veterans who are unstable.  It takes a very strong person to withstand what we are putting our slavish military personnel through.  Especially those at the bottom rung and on the front lines.  He clearly needs help and should get it.

Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams

Where are the charges for kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment? This guy is scum. If the legal system had locked him up long ago, as it should have, a lot of damage could have been avoided. On the bright side, I hear rapists and child molesters enjoy their prison stay.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Dec. 14, 2007, chick comes over to his apt; gets in a bikini; gives him hot tub action; comes back to the apt; stays until 3am; has consensual sex acts which we assume is HJ or BJ, then she decides to quit? 

Note to girls:  If you pull on a guy's pud at 3am, in HIS apt, you better plan on getting some dick in at least two holes (if he's a nice guy).

mitch young
mitch young

Gustavo, we all know that's you.

The weird thing is that Culichi is a name for a girl from some city in Sinoloa. 

Got a little Glen and Glenda going on? 

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

That's some excellent advice for the ladies, Mitch. :-) Careful, someone might start to think you're not such a bad guy. =:-O  Now, if only I could convince you that immigrants and gays really aren't trying to take over the country...;-)

Kylejack
Kylejack

This is victim-blaming: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V...

Instead, why not provide some helpful tips teaching people how not to rape?

1. Don't get too shitty-drunk that you can't recognize when someone isn't consenting.2. Don't consider a no a challenge to be overcome.3. If told no, don't spend the rest of the night trying to browbeat the person into having sex.4. Don't have sex with someone who isn't conscious.5. Don't have sex with someone who has a mental incapacitation that prevents them from practicing informed consent.6. If you've started sex with someone, don't continue if they tell you stop, it hurts, or try to shove you off.7. A smile, a wink, a kiss, a handjob, and a blowjob are not sexual consent for something more and don't treat them as such. Nobody is entitled to more than what has been consented to.8. Buying someone dinner or a gift does not create a sex entitlement.etc etc etc

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

Jesus Hypocrite:I have two words for you: "The Accused".Fuck, you religious bigots/hypocrites crack me up.Fight on, GOP!Fight on WASP culture!Fight on, righteous right wing motherfuckers...

irrelevant
irrelevant

So I guess you're a rapist then.

Kylejack
Kylejack

No 2ftJesus, rape is never acceptable. You're not entitled to have sex with someone even if they've made out with you or consented to previous sexual contact.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Three lies in one (why the fuck would I ever rep any Mexican state except Zacatecas)—will you ever stop making yourself look like a pendejo?

mitch young
mitch young

"7. A smile, a wink, a kiss, a handjob, and a blowjob are not sexual consent for something more and don't treat them as such. Nobody is entitled to more than what has been consented to."

But a blumpkin means back door delight fo' shoa.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

...but is it rape if she's giving you a rub & tug at 3am in your apt?  Isn't it a bit confusing for the male to know if she's playing when she says, "No, no, no...."?

Weaselnutzninja
Weaselnutzninja

hey 20 foot jesus dude. I hope you wind up a cell mate with bledsoe LOL! have a drink of his special moonshine. cheers freak. You're either a 30 year old virgin or his mom maralie.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Of course not.  Bledsoe got what he deserved.  Drugging and raping are a no-no.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

DANG IT!!!  You're blowing my cover. 

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

Your comments defending womankind are awesome and this lady truly appreciates such a forward-thinking gentleman, but I've had enough previous experience with ol' 20ft to know he's not really a misogynist perv...he often makes wildly inappropriate comments to "stir the pot" for the most part. I confess I've been "stirred" a couple of times, myself....

Allison
Allison

So it's the (at least) 4 women's fault for "get[ting] raped" and not Bledsoe's fault for, you know, raping them.I can't even with this shit today.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Without sounding salacious, I've know a few women who expected a bit of rough treatment (without secret handshakes and code words).

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

...Or maybe there's some young girl somewhere who will heed this advice and not get raped tonight. 

Allison
Allison

So if you get into a cab & the driver takes you to the address you give, and then locks the door and takes you somewhere else entirely it's all cool because it's a bit confusing to the cabbie? I mean you willingly got into their cab! How is the driver supposed to know you didn't want to go exactly where they wanted to go?!?

Kylejack
Kylejack

Many women have to deal with avoiding rape every day, and I don't think many of them would find your rape jokes very funny. Or your claim above that you feel entitled to two holes if a woman comes over to your place and messes around with you.

Your slut-shaming language is also extremely offensive considering the exact nature of the above story, a man who drugged and raped women while they were unconscious.

Kylejack
Kylejack

It may sound trite to you, but no means no. When she says no that means you should stop immediately, unless *and only if* you and she have previously discussed some kind of play like this and set up a safe word.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

Not in my house they don't. 

I kid, I kid!

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