Nipomo man pleads to sexual battery

October 24, 2013

jailA man who pled guilty to sexual battery in the attempted rape of a Nipomo woman is slated to be sentence to 180 days in San Luis Obispo County Jail on Wednesday.

Christobal Hernandez Lopez Sr., 65, a former Nipomo Food Basket volunteer, will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

In 1997, Lopez was convicted of felony annoying/molesting a child and was ordered to register as a sex offender. However, his record was expunged after he completed rehabilitation.

In 2012, Lopez went to dinner in Pismo Beach with a 52-year-old Nipomo Food Basket co-volunteer. The pair then walked on the pier and kissed before the unnamed woman invited Lopez to her house for tea.

While in the kitchen, Lopez began groping the woman who asked him to stop, according to court records. Lopez continued, pinned her down, removed her clothes and sexually assaulted her. He then finished his tea and left.

“I’m sorry. I let God, you and myself down. I hope you can forgive me,” Lopez said in a text message the next morning.

The woman initially agreed but later changed her mind and reported that Lopez had sexually assaulted her.


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I don’t know how far this sexual battery went. Doesn’t sound like it was an actual rape so maybe he got control of himself before he went too far. Initially I was incredulous that he only got 180 days but then I don’t know all the facts. Maybe he got control of himself and immediately stopped.

I guess that would mean that he probably won’t re-offend and the 180 days will give him time to think about it and make sure that it doesn’t happen again.

But if it was a rape, then he should get years not months.