H-SANTA MARIA

Jun 11, 2013 7:54 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Closing arguments in Villalpando Trial

The case of a former St. Joseph High School student charged with raping a classmate is now in the hands of a jury in Santa Maria.

Shane Villalpando is on trial, charged with raping the girl last year when she was 14 and he was 18.

The alleged victim, referred to as Jane Doe to protect her privacy, was one of several witnesses who testified during the trial.

Two former St. Joe's administrators were convicted of failing to report to law enforcement when they were told about another alleged sexual assault involving another student.

It was an emotional day as the prosecution and defense closed their cases.

"You heard a lot of testimony about whether Jane Doe number one wanted to have intercourse. She said she didn't. She didn't want to," said Santa Barbara County prosecutor Jennifer Karapetian.

The prosecution argued Villalpando raped Jane Doe three times between January and April of last year.

Prosecutor Jennifer Karapetian painted Villalpando as a manipulator who partied with young girls and took advantage of them while they were intoxicated.

"Who are drunk, high, and too weak to resist. The evidence has also established the defendant is guilty of all the crimes in this case," said prosecutor Karapetian.

But the defense says sexual activity between Villalpando and Jane Doe was consensual and that they had a relationship that continued for months.

"Jane Doe knew of Shane Villalpando at that time she testified she heard of him when she was in junior high," said Villalpando's attorney Catherine Swysen.

The defense told the jury about thousands of text messages that were sent between Jane Doe and Villalpando before and after the alleged rapes.

The court also heard entries from Jane Doe's diary.

There are details of her sneaking out of the house with friends to meet Villalpando.

"The account of what happened during this first month or so of her relationship with Shane that evidence is what she wrote at the time," said Swysen.

Now after more than two weeks, the testimony and evidence is before the jury to decide if Villalpando committed these crimes.

Villalpando remains out of custody pending the outcome of this case.

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