JEROME • A Jerome man accused of sex with a 15-year-old girl changed his plea yesterday as part of a deal reached by attorneys.
Davis Jose Raymundo pleaded guilty to sexual battery of a child younger than 16. He originally was charged with rape for having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl at a July 2011 party when he was 22.
The girl had said she was unconscious and had no recollection of the incident, and Raymundo said he was intoxicated and couldn’t remember either, police reported.
Jerome County Prosecutor John Horgan said he will suggest Raymundo be sentenced to three to seven years in prison, with the court retaining jurisdiction. That means that after a short period of treatment by the Idaho Department of Correction, a judge would decide if Raymundo should serve the prison sentence or be released on probation.
Horgan said he also will ask that Raymundo pay a $2,000 fine plus any restitution to the victim and an additional $5,000 fine because the charge is a crime of violence.
Raymundo must submit a right thumbprint and DNA sample and register as a sex offender.
After the hearing, the vicitm’s mother said she hopes the judge will sentence Raymundo to prison without the retained jurisdiction.
Sexual abuse of a child carries a maximum punishment of 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
During the hearing, Jerome County District Judge John Butler asked Raymundo a series of questions to find out if he understood his rights, the charges and to ensure he wasn’t being forced to make the plea.
Raymundo is to be sentenced July 29.
The victim in the case, now 17, gave birth to twins in March 2012. DNA evidence showed Raymundo is the father.