Santa Rosa, CA – September 14, 2018 – Defendant
Daves Mendez Rodriguez, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the
Honorable Dana Simonds to forty years to life in state prison after having
previously pled no contest to three sex offenses he committed against two
separate child victims.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “The victims in this case showed incredible courage in
disclosing the abuse they suffered. Knowing
the defendant will be incarcerated for many years to come will provide these
children, as well as the community, with some sense of security.”
case stems from an investigation in early 2018 that was prompted when an eleven
year old child made it her New Year’s resolution to tell someone about what Rodriguez,
her mother’s boyfriend, had been doing to her. After the disclosure her older
sister reported similar abuse.
pled no-contest in May of this year to charges including committing a sexual
offense against a child 10 years old or younger, and forcible rape.
to changes in California’s sentencing laws following the passage of Proposition
57 in 2016, Rodriguez will first be eligible for parole consideration after
serving 32 years in prison. At that time
the Board of Parole Hearings will conduct a hearing to determine whether he
poses an unreasonable risk of danger to the community. If the Board determines Rodriguez is suitable
for release following the hearing he will be required to register as a sex
offender pursuant to Penal Code section 290.
case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Andrew Lukas. Detective Brooke Clark of the Santa
Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.