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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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People v Joseph Sullivan

On December 14, 2015, a jury found defendant Joseph Sullivan guilty of kidnapping to commit a sex crime, forcible rape, and forcible oral copulation, with aggravated kidnapping enhancements.

On June 16, 2015, around 11:30pm, Defendant Sullivan picked up the victim in Oakland for a date. Defendant Sullivan began punching the victim, however, when things did not go as planned. The victim unsuccessfully attempted to jump out of the car while the defendant drove in Oakland to escape. He then drove the victim approximately 17 miles away to Hayward, as he pinned her down by her neck on the center console, and demanded she get naked.

Over the course of several hours, Defendant Sullivan took her to two separate locations, and eventually parked in a neighborhood in Hayward. The victim attempted to escape a second time, but was again unsuccessful. Defendant Sullivan responded by punching her repeatedly and choking her twice. He also threatened the victim with a knife, forced her to orally copulate him and then he raped her. After the rape, the victim was able to break free and run away. She flagged down a passing motorist for help, and they called 911 for assistance.

On January 14, 2016, Defendant Joseph Sullivan was sentenced to 18 years in state prison (determinate), followed by 114 to life (indeterminate). The case was prosecuted by DDA Gemma Daggs, with assistance from DA Inspector Tom Cleary and Victim-Witness Advocate Hedy Mitlo.

(Docket #177029)

Posted on Dec 16, 2015