People v. Antonio Vanegas

On July 19, 2019 a jury convicted Antonio Vanegas of 9 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and one count of a forcible lewd acts on a child under 14. The defendant sexually assaulted the young victim on a regular basis when she was between 10 and 13 years old.

When the victim was in 8th grade, she shared details of the abuse with another 8th grade student. That student encouraged the victim to tell her mother, but she remained paralyzed with fear. She ultimately disclosed the abuse to her mother and aunt in the summer of 2017 when she was 15 years old. Her mother immediately reported the abuse to the authorities. A subsequent police investigation was undertaken by the SVU Unit of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department. Sentencing will take on September 19, 2019. The defendant faces 145 years to life in prison. The case was prosecuted by DDA Amanda Chavez, Inspector Nicole Elder and Victim Witness Advocate Michelle Joya.

Posted on Jul 19, 2019