More information on Ochoa case

Will sexual predator John Ochoa be paroled as a transient to walk the streets of Susanville on Tuesday, Feb. 13?

No one has provided a definitive answer to that question, but Lassen News is pressing the issue forward with the Red Bluff Parole Office and the California Department of Corrections.

Lassen News was able to view Ochoa’s court file in the Lassen County Hall of Justice this morning.

All these offenses occurred on one day — June 5, 2004
According to the Second Amended Information in the case, as a person older than 21, Ochoa faced 16 sexual abuse charges including: (Count I) sexual intercourse against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury in the victim’s bedroom; (Count II) unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16 in the victim’s bedroom; (Count III) an act of sodomy of a child under the age of 16 against the victim’s will by force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury in the victim’s bedroom; (Count IV) an act of sodomy of a child under the age of 16 against the victim’s will by force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury in the victim’s bedroom; (Count V) oral copulation against the victim’s will by force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury in the victim’s mother’s bedroom while the victim was bound; (Count VI) participated in an act of oral copulation with a person under the age of 16 in the victim’s mother’s bedroom; (Count VII) kidnap to commit rape; Count VIII) sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 against the victim’s will by force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury outside the defendant’s vehicle; (Count IX) oral copulation against the victim’s will by force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury outside the defendant’s vehicle; (Count X) sexual intercourse against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the hood of the defendant’s vehicle; (Count XI) unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16 on the Bizz Johnson Trail; (Count XII) sexual intercourse against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the Bizz Johnson Trail; (Count XIII) unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16 at the Susanville Cemetery; (Count XIV) sexual intercourse against a person’s will by means of force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury at the Susanville Cemetery; (Count XV) an act of sodomy of a child under the age of 16 against the victim’s will by force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16 at the Susanville Cemetery; and (Count XVI) an act of sodomy of a child under the age of 16 against the victim’s will by force, violence, duress, menace and fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16 at the Susanville Cemetery.

The case had been set for trial May 8, 2005, but a mistrial was declared because the  jury saw the defendant in shackles. The next day, May 9, 2005, in a plea bargain, Ochoa pleaded guilty to two charges of rape, one charge of sodomy and one charge of oral copulation. He was sentenced to six years in prison on each of those charges.

Ochoa also was convicted in June 1990 of shooting a police officer in Brooksville, Florida.