Porter­ville man con­victed of rape, el­der abuse

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A Porter­ville man faces 138 years-to-life in prison af­ter he was con­victed ear­lier this week of the rape of an el­derly woman in 2016 in Porter­ville.

A jury at the South County Jus­tice Cen­ter late Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon con­victed Kory Tapia, age 41, of Porter­ville, of nine to­tal counts, in­clud­ing two counts of forcible rape, one count of el­der abuse, one count of false im­pris­on­ment of an el­der, one count of as­sault with a deadly weapon, and one count of pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy.

The charges were en­hanced with spe­cial al­le­ga­tions of bur­glary with the in­tent to com­mit a sex of­fense and use of a deadly weapon.

At ap­prox­i­mately 2:50 am on Oc­to­ber 29, 2016, Porter­ville Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cers were dis­patched to the 87-year-old fe­male vic­tim’s res­i­dence for a re­port of rape. It was dis­cov­ered that the vic­tim had been sleep­ing when Tapia en­tered her bed­room and be­gan sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her.

Dur­ing the as­sault Tapia force­fully placed a pil­low over the vic­tim’s face. An­gered when the vic­tim fought back, he punched her in the face and raped her again. When fin­ished with the as­saults, Tapia told the vic­tim not to tell any­one and left.

Through DNA left at the scene, the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Jus­tice ob­tained a CODIS match on Tapia. He was ar­rested by po­lice on Novem­ber 22, 2016. Tapia has mul­ti­ple con­vic­tions, in­clud­ing mis­de­meanor lewd con­duct and peek­ing for a 2007 in­ci­dent.

“I can­not imag­ine any­thing more hor­rific than what the vic­tim in this case en­dured,” said District At­tor­ney Tim Ward. “Law en­force­ment and pros­e­cu­tors should be com­mended for tak­ing this preda­tor off the streets.”

Tapia’s sen­tenc­ing is sched­uled for Novem­ber 7.

The case was pros­e­cuted by Deputy District At­tor­ney Erica Gon­za­lez and in­ves­ti­gated by De­tec­tive Or­lando Or­tiz of the Porter­ville Po­lice Depart­ment.

Kory Tapia

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