People v Joseph Ochoa

On January 6, 2017, a jury found Joseph Ochoa guilty of 8 counts of child sexual assault.

In August 2005, Defendant Ochoa moved into an apartment in Newark with his new girlfriend (Jane Doe’s mother) and 7 year-old victim Jane Doe. Defendant Ochoa eventually married Jane Doe’s mother, and lived with them over the next 8 years in various apartments and homes in Newark, Hayward, and Tracy.

For that majority of that time, Defendant Ochoa was employed as a trash collector and got off work early enough to provide child care for Jane Doe until her mother arrived home from work in the evening. Jane Doe, was very active in sport from an early age and Defendant Ochoa spent many hundreds of hours taking her to practice and games. It was during these many hours of unsupervised access to Jane Doe that Defendant committed acts of sexual molestation on a regular basis.

Beginning at age 7, Jane Doe suffered incidents of sexual abuse of an incrementally serious nature, and this continued for years. Jane Doe eventually reported the abuse in confidence to her boyfriend when she was 15 and a year later to her biological father, who alerted police. Notwithstanding the years of sexual abuse, and perhaps as a way of dealing with it, Jane Doe kept her focus on sport and has had great success. She is now attending college on a sports scholarship.

Defendant Joseph Ochoa is scheduled to be sentenced on March 3, 2017.

The case was prosecuted by DDA John Mifsud with assistance from DA Inspector Gus Galindo and Victim-Witness Advocate Nicole Santos.

(Docket #H58232)

Posted on Jan 23, 2017