Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley announced on Monday that Santos J. Guevara-Oliva, a convicted rapist and child molester, will be spending the rest of his life behind bars without the possibility of parole.
Back in March 2015, Guevara-Oliva was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl and forcible rape. Additionally, the jury found true the special allegation that Guevara-Oliva personally inflicted great bodily injury on the 13-year-old during the commission of the crimes.
The 13-year-old victim became pregnant as a result of the rape.
"This is the first sentence of its kind in the history of Santa Barbara County," said District Attorney Dudley. "This defendant will never be able to hurt another child and will spend the rest of his life in state prison."
The judge in the case denied Guevara-Oliva contention of cruel and unusual punishment, and noted that the sentence was appropriate given the violent nature of the crime that was committed on a child.
For the first time in California, a suspected child molester is facing life without the possibility of parole.
Santos Guevara-Oliva is charged with raping his girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter in Carpinteria.
He fled to Maryland but was extradited back to Santa Barbara County this week.
He now faces a sentence that is historic for both the county and the state.
"Chelsea's Law was amended to allow for, in limited circumstances, if persons commit certain sex crimes and commit either bodily harm or personally commit great bodily injury on victims who are under 14 years of age, the law appropriately provides for a sentence of life without the possibility of parole," said Deputy District Attorney Ben Ladinig.
Guevara-Oliva will be in court on Monday for his continued arraignment.