A judge on Friday morning convicted a Natrona County man of sexually assaulting an 80-year-old woman with dementia.
Antonio Trujillo entered as part of an agreement with prosecutors a plea of guilty under Alford to a single count of third-degree sexual assault. An Alford plea is a legal mechanism that allows a person to plead guilty without admitting to the crime. Trujillo’s attorney, Rob Oldham, said the plea was entered under Alford because Trujillo was intoxicated at the time of the crime.
Prosecutors’ sentencing argument will be limited by the agreement to 10- to 15-years imprisonment. The sentence for third-degree sexual assault is limited by law to 15 years imprisonment. Oldham will be able to argue for whatever sentence he thinks appropriate.
Because the plea agreement did not require Trujillo to admit to the crime, Assistant District Attorney Kevin Taheri instead described evidence to Judge Kerri Johnson. The prosecutor said in addition to testimony by family members and medical examinations indicating a sexual assault, DNA evidence connected Trujillo to the crime.
While Trujillo stood silently in street clothes with hands behind his back, Oldham said Taheri had accurately described evidence that could be presented at trial.
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Oldham had at Trujillo’s arraignment told a judge that DNA evidence would be an important factor in the case. Taheri said at the April hearing that DNA testing had been completed, but technicians had not yet put together a report.
Court documents do not indicate if investigators interviewed the victim, but they state officers spoke with a person who holds power of attorney for the woman.
The documents state the woman’s family members left her alone with Trujillo in mid-January. When they returned home, they found Trujillo passed out on a couch, and his pants intertwined with the woman’s adult diaper and nightgown, according to the documents.
In an interview with a police detective the night of the crime, Trujillo told a detective that he did not remember what happened.
Trujillo remained free on bond Friday morning. He will be sentenced after authorities investigate his background.