Jun 13, 2013 6:42 PM by April Hansen, KSBY

Teen's father speaks out after Villalpando verdict

A Santa Maria jury found Shane Villalpando, a former St. Joseph's High School student, guilty Wednesday of three felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor.

He was convicted of having sex with the former classmate three times last year when the girl was 14 and he was 18.

The jury could not agree on a fourth count of raping an intoxicated person.

The father of one former classmate, who testified against Villalpando, spoke to KSBY on Thursday.

The teen claimed Villapando also raped her but he has not been charged in her case.

We are not showing her father's face to protect her identity.

"She never even kissed a boy before this," said the father.

He said his daughter's life changed at a young age.

"My daughter had to live over 100 miles away from us," said the man.

Two years ago, his daughter came forward and said Shane Villalpando raped her.

"You do your best to protect them and things can still go bad," said the father.

He said his daughter did the right thing by telling someone what she testified happened to her, but she's lived a nightmare ever since.

"Cyber bullying. 100 percent before cyber bullying was making the headlines a year ago, they were getting annihilated on Facebook," said the father.

Her father says he was in the courtroom for every hearing and sat front row during the trial to support her when she took the stand as a witness against Villalpando.

"It was a big event because she was really fearful of the moment, but she was a champ. She figured it was time to go to bat and she dealt with it," said the father.

When the verdict was announced, he said he did feel some closure.

He said his daughter is ready to move on.

"She's putting it all behind her. That cliché healing, but she has turned that corner. She's going away to college," said the father.

And he hopes her bravery prompt others to speak up.

"Hopefully it will get other girls like I said if there's more victims out there to come forward," said the father.

Villalpando will be in court again on June 27th.

That's when the Santa Barbara County District Attorney will decide whether to retry him on the 4th charge, which is rape of an intoxicated person.

The jury was split 11 to 1 on this count.

Judge Rick Brown will sentence Villalpando on July 11th.

Villalpando faces a maximum penalty of 4 years and 4 months in state prison.

Earlier this year, two former St. Joseph's administrators were convicted of failing to report to law enforcement when they were told about another alleged sexual assault involving a student.



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