Cayucos firefighter convicted of rape, human trafficking
March 5, 2016
A San Luis Obispo jury has convicted former Cayucos firefighter Oscar Higueros Jr. of 25 crimes, including forcible rape and human trafficking of a minor by force or fear. The crimes stem from Higueros’s relationship with a then-17-year-old Los Osos girl.
The human trafficking conviction alone carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years to life, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. In all, Higueros, 40, faces a minimum of 64 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 183 years and eight months to life.
In July 2014, Higueros allegedly paid $150 to Richard Scott Brooks to have sex with the Los Osos teen. Brooks was recently convicted of 19 crimes related to sexual abuse of the teen, and he was sentenced to more than 60 years in prison.
Higueors met the teen by responding to an ad Brooks posted on Craigslist. Higueros initially met the girl at her Los Osos home. The teen later moved in with him.
Prosecutors said during the trial that Higueros forced the girl to be his sex slave and tried to make her sign a “master-slave” contract.
The teen testified that Higueros made her do household chores and punished her for anything she did in an incorrect manner. When she had a male friend visit her at the home, Higueros became angry and had “hate rape” with her, breaking her wrist, she said.
Higueros testified that the teen lied about her age and he did not know she was 17 during their sexual relationship. However, prosecutors showed text messages in which the teen told Higueros she was 17 and should still be receiving child support from her father.
Prosecutors also showed jurors video of Higueros having sex with the teen. Higueros allegedly recorded the sex tapes on his phones and planned to publish them for money.
Jurors in the previous trial watched videos of Brooks having sex with the teen.
Higueros’ jury also convicted him of multiple drug offenses. The teen testified that Higueros forced her to package and sell marijuana. He also gave her alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and mushrooms, she said.
Following the announcement of the verdicts Friday, District Attorney Dan Dow released a statement saying Higueros committed a horrific crime and was brought to justice.
“These verdicts send a very clear message to anyone in, or passing through our county, that we will vigorously prosecute anyone who exploits children or any other human being in San Luis Obispo County,” Dow stated.
A judge is scheduled to sentence Higueros on May 9 1:30 p.m. in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.