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Friday, May 23, 2014

OC Serial Rapist Sentenced to 107 Years

On Friday, an Orange County Superior Court judge sentenced Travis Dewayne Batten Jr., a convicted rapist, to 107 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting two women in Irvine and Newport Beach.

Authorities say 32-year-old Travis Dewayne Batten Jr. raped an Irvine woman in 2005 and sexually assaulted a Newport Beach woman in 2006 after unlawfully entering their homes. Authorities say Batten wore a mask, which obscured his face, and would watch the victims before assaulting them.

On March 27, a jury found Batten guilty of two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense during the commission of first degree burglary, sodomy by force, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and kidnapping to commit a sex offense.

The first attack happened nine years ago, on May 20, 2005. Authorities say Batten broke into the 40-year-old victim's home in Newport Beach while the home was empty. When the victim returned, Batten attacked her and duct taped her hands and mouth. He sexually assaulted her and then left. Investigators were able to collect Batten's DNA from the scene. The second attack happened on the night of Nov. 30, 2006. Authorities say Batten broke into the Irvine apartment of a 21-year-old woman while she was showering, waited outside her bathroom and raped her when got out of the shower. Batten’s DNA was collected from the crime scene and was matched it to the 2005 sexual assault case.

On March 27, a jury found Batten guilty of two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense during the commission of first degree burglary, sodomy by force, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and kidnapping to commit a sex offense.


Judge Sheila Hanson expressed at the sentencing that Batten is a dangerous man, and it was necessary for her to impose a sentence that would thwart him from being released and injuring another person.

Charges of criminal conduct should be taken seriously, and traversed with the help of experienced criminal defense attorneys. If you or a loved one has been charged with criminal conduct, contact the experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorneys at Brower & Associates.
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