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Rape, Sexual Assault of 4 Redwood City Girls

Though a jury found the suspect guilty on all charges, the defendant is requesting a new trial due to 'the incompetence' of his attorney.

A Redwood City man has been found guilty of several counts of forcible rape and sexual assault on at least four young Redwood City girls and faces 11 years in prison for the crimes - but, if he gets his way, the convictions could be overturned and he could be granted a new trial.

Gabriel Jason Cavazos, now 33 years old, is charged with the forcible rape of at least one girl and sexual assaults and lewd acts on three other girls, as well as holding them against their will. At least three of the girls have been confirmed to be minors at the time.

In May of 2012, a jury of Cavazos' peers found him guilty of all charges - misdemeanor sexual battery, misdemeanor false imprisonment, felony forcible rape, felony false imprisonment, felony communication with a minor to commit a lewd act, felony lewd act on a child, and misdemeanor false imprisonment.

However, Cavazos now claims his attorney who represented him in the trial, Jeff Jackson, was "incompetent," and he is requesting a whole new trial.

On September 25, 2009, Cavazos reportedly met two young high school girls at the Metro PCS store in Sequoia Station in Redwood City. It appears he may have misrepresented himself as someone who worked in the modeling industry, and who could help the two girls get modeling jobs. Cavazos and the two girls exchanged phone numbers and MySpace information.

Later, after one of the two girls texted Cavazos to say she did want to pursue work in modeling, Cavazos reportedly texted her back and asked her to send him naked pictures of herself.

Later, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office reported that Cavazos picked the girl up from school and took her back to his house, where he took off her clothes, down to her bra and underwear, under the pretense of taking pictures of her to help her get modeling work. He reportedly kissed her back and neck while taking the photos.

When he drove her back to school, he reportedly stroked her thighs during the drive, and when they arrived, he said he would not let her out of the car unless she kissed him. The victim told the DA's Office she kissed him in order to be let out of the car, at which time Cavazos told her he wanted "to make babies with her when she turned 18" that December.

The other girl he met at Sequoia Station met Cavazos at a party around the same time, where many people were drinking. The DA's Office reports that Cavazos followed her into the bathroom at the party, where he forced her down on the floor and raped her. Later, during a phone call, Cavazos reportedly admitted to having sex with her that night, but claimed it was consensual. Three weeks after the incident, the victim reported the incident as rape.

Cavazos is also charged with interactions with two other minor victims, who are sisters. Cavazos reportedly met the two sisters walking down the street in Redwood City. He approached them and they exchanged contact information.

Later, Cavazos reportedly invited the two girls over to this house to "hang out." The DA's Office reports that the four of them went into Cavazos' bedroom, where he asked them "if they were going to have sex."

One of the girls reportedly got upset and left the room. The other girl reportedly hesistated, then decided to leave, but Cavazos grabbed her and would not let her go. Cavazos reportedly then "began groping her and grabbed her breasts."

Eventually, the sisters said Cavazos let her go, and the two left his house.

When Cavazos learned that the Redwood City Police Department was investigating him for all of the above incidents, he reportedly fled to Mexico, but was caught eight months later attempting to re-enter the United States at the Mexico border.

The DA's Office also reports that, on at least two other occasions, Cavazos was sentenced to state prison for prior felony convictions.

On Friday, a hearing in San Mateo County court in Redwood City was held, on Cavazos' claim of his attorney's incompetence.

Cavazos himself, along with his mother and his former attorney, Jeff Jackson, all testified in the hearing, according the to the DA's Office.

Cavazos is now being represented by a new attorney, Steven Whitworth.

The hearing on Cavazos' request for a new trial will continue this Wednesday.

If convicted, Cavazos faces up to 11 years in prison for all of the above charges relating to the four female victims.

Cavazos currently remains in custody without bail.

Do you think 11 years is a suitable sentence for the crimes Cavazos is convicted of? Tell us your opinion in the comments below.

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naya March 07, 2013 at 04:08 AM
It obvious this monster is to blame I beleive rape specially when children are involved should be a life sentence because they ruined a childs life I don't blame the girls but I do blame the parents for allowing them to be at parties like this where there are drugs and alcohol I don't know what kind of parents you had but my parent would never let me go to any parties unless they both met their parents and my friend and new the parents where responsible for anything that happened at the party my parent would never let us walk to school or walk home from school and they always made sure they where there or a family member was there..... my parents never did drugs alcohol smoked or used profanity because they new they had to lead by example honestly I used to hate that my parents where so protective of me and my siblings because a lot of my friends got to go to do a lot of things my parents would never allow me to do but know that I am an adult I really appreciate and understand why they did the things they did thats why i blame the parents because they need to be there for their children a lot of parents don't want to be the bad guys or their just plain bad parents I feel bad for those young girls because their parents failed them I plan to raise my children exactly how my parents raised us I feel very lucky and proud to have a family like mine
TGD March 07, 2013 at 05:46 AM
"I do blame the parents for allowing them to be at parties like this where there are drugs" The article states that not all the girls may have been minors so one may have been independant of her parents influences, but where does it say there were drugs at this party and would that make a difference? "I don't know what kind of parents you had but my parent would never let me go to any parties unless they both met their parents and my friend and new the parents where responsible for anything that happened at the party my parent would never let us walk to school or walk home from school and they always made sure they where there or a family member was there." That's right, you don't know what kind of parents I had, but I was never involved in any rape so I'm not sure what the point of that is. Rape happens in a multitude of places like in the victims own house, at school, on public buses, in churches and many times by a family member. Did your parents stand vigil 24/7 at your side no matter where you were? The article also states in one of the instances there where two sisters at the location the crime was committed at the same time. Hence, "or a family member was there" holds to your strict guidelines. "The DA's Office also reports that, on at least two other occasions, Cavazos was sentenced to state prison for prior felony convictions." Could it be that maybe some blame can be attributed to "the system"?
naya March 07, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Your saying all these obvious things that we already know We all know that people get sexually assaulted everywhere at church by priests, at school by teachers at home sometimes even by their own parent or by who ever and these places where u would think you can trust I understand that parents cannot be there for everything but what im saying is its obvious that we cant do anything about people like that guy being out there and we cant do a lot about "the system" but what we can or at least attempt to do is make sure things like this dont happen by being there for your children trying to be the best parent u can. And the system is definitely to blame because I don't know if youve read previous articles about this guy but he sexually assaulted a lot more girls and he was found not guilty and unfortunately even if he is guilty of raping or sexually assaulting these girls they cant do anything if they do not have enough evidence and it sucks because he obviously has a history of doing this so he probably is guilty of the previous charges and these new ones and I'm sure there are other victims that are too scarred or ashamed to tell anybody. Ive read just about every article about this guy because im writing a research paper for school and there where in fact drugs&alcohol at that party I totally understand what u r saying u don't have to agree with me but i feel like im right i know its hard to blame parents but its the reality of the situation
TGD March 07, 2013 at 06:33 PM
"i know its hard to blame parents but its the reality of the situation" If the parents are to blame then shouldn't they face charges for child neglect or endangerment?
naya March 07, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Yes a lot of parents do not deserve the privilege of being a parent

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