Man sentenced to prison for abduction and rape in Cambria

December 2, 2022

Jesus Barajas Valdovinos


A San Luis Obispo County judge sentenced a 33-year-old Cambria man to 28 years to life in prison for kidnapping and raping a hiker.

On June 27, 2021, Jesus Barajas Valdovinos grabbed a woman hiking on the Santa Rosa Creek Trail south of Windsor Boulevard in Cambria, dragged her off the trail and sexually assaulted her for several hours. Barajas Valdovinos then fled the scene.

The next day, the woman reported the sexual assault. Deputies collected DNA evidence, and for the first time in SLO  County, investigators used an ANDE Rapid DNA instrument for processing. The DNA matched Valdovinos.

After the victim positively identified Valdovinos, deputies arrested him on charges of kidnapping, rape, battery and false imprisonment.

Prosecutors charged Barajas Valdovinos with kidnapping for rape, forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and forcible digital penetration, each with the allegation that the victim was moved to a place that substantially increased the risk of harm.  Barajas Valdovinos ended up pleading guilty to all of the charges.

During the sentencing hearing, the victim delivered a written statement to the court describing the impact of the assault on her well-being, noting the anxiety, paranoia, and heavy emotional trauma caused by the attack. The judge described the incident as one of the most depraved acts the court has seen and that a life sentence is justified.

In addition to serving his prison sentence, Barajas Valdovinos is required to register as a sex offender for life.

“The unthinkable violence committed against this woman warrants the maximum prison sentence,” District Attorney Dan Dow said in a statement. “We applaud the remarkable courage of the survivor in reporting the crime and participating in the process that ultimately brought this sexual predator to justice.“

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He should never get out of prison the poor victim gets nothing except a constant haunting of this experience. I think the public should also be informed if any person convicted of a crime is here illegally so the people can see if there is any correlation to illegally here and crimes. It’s not racist so don’t play that card as they broke law to get here first

“I think the public should also be informed if any person convicted of a crime is here illegally”

You saw the picture, read the name. But, sorry, he was a citizen. Despite your protests, your racist slip is showing.

Doubtful. It is curious you see racism in a comment but fail to recognize the horrific, depraved, hateful and violent actions by the rapist may have arisen from racial animosity.