Nipomo Man Guilty of Rape, Gets Life

Written by Estero Bay News

January 19, 2024

Florentino Marcelino Ramonsantiago

A Nipomo man has been found guilty of raping and impregnating a teenaged girl victim and sentenced to life in prison.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the crimes occurred April 29, 2021 at a residence in Nipomo.  The case involved a 17-year-old girl and Florentino Marcelino Ramonsantiago, 30, of Nipomo. Ramonsantiago stood accused of forcibly raping a 17-year-old girl, a heinous act that resulted in her getting pregnant. That led to the filing of an additional charge of inflicting great bodily injury, according to a news release.

The prosecutor said it was something out of a horror movie. “The violence and trauma suffered by the young survivor,” Dep. D.A. Kristin Barnard said, “is what one would see in a horror movie. The sheer courage it took for this young lady to report and later detail this crime to a jury is remarkable.  We are thankful to the jury for their focused attention in this very emotional and raw case and acknowledge the impact it has had on them as individuals.”

The County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case and Barnard works in the D.A.’s Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit. 

Ramonsantiago was sentenced to 25-years to life in prison for his crimes. 

But the news isn’t entirely bad. The victim, according to Assistant D.A. Eric Dobroth, decided to keep her baby and gave birth to a healthy little boy. She and her child are reportedly living with family.

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