Bay City News Service
A 19-year-old Danville man was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to the February rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Sam Nesis pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one felony count of raping an intoxicated person and a second felony count of oral copulation on an intoxicated person in exchange for the six-year sentence.
The rape took place on Feb. 18 in Nesis' car while he was parked at the Walnut Creek BART station, Deputy District Attorney Nancy Georgiou said.
Attorneys in court said the 19-year-old defendant has also been ordered to pay restitution in another criminal case.
"You have preyed on at least two vulnerable individuals in such a way that it causes great concern," said Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Clare Maier said.
Last month, the judge heard comments from the victim in the case, who is now 15 years old.
Maier said those words moved her and, along with consideration of other allegations against the defendant, made her decide to reject a three-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea proposed last month.
She ordered Nesis to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender and to undergo three years of parole upon his release from prison. He has so far served 300 days of his sentence since his arrest earlier this year.
Nesis was also ordered to pay restitution costs to the victim, referred to in court as Jane Doe.
"It's like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders," she said. "(The judge) listened to my voice, and I know I got a big opportunity there."