Victim of Richmond Sex Slavery Case Says Abuser Had Been Intimidating Her From Jail
Matthias Gafni - Contra Costa Times
RICHMOND -- During Raul Ochoa's preliminary hearing, he made a phone call from jail to the female relative he had raped and molested for more than a decade in an attempt to scare her from cooperating with authorities, according to the victim's account in a restraining order petition.
The June 13 phone call, which came on the woman's protected phone number that she used after she escaped the abuse the year before, caused her to suffer a severe anxiety attack and to be hospitalized. The woman, who is 28 and is not being named because she is a victim of sex abuse, said it was just one part of a dogged, yearlong effort by Ochoa and his mother to intimidate her after his Aug. 16, 2012 arrest.
"(Ochoa's mother) is trying to track me down and intimidate me into saying that I lied," she wrote in a restraining order petition filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court a week after the phone call. "(Ochoa) has convinced her that I lied about the abuse. Both (Ochoa) and (Ochoa's mother) believe that if I do not cooperate, the criminal case will be dismissed."
A judge granted a five-year restraining order July 15, preventing Ochoa from contacting the woman and three of her relatives by phone, or in person, or harassing or stalking them.