A Sacramento County jury has convicted a 28-year-old man of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who has severe mental and physical handicaps.
Carlos Mesinas on Monday was found guilty of forcible sexual intercourse, rape of a disabled female and commission of a lewd and lascivious act upon a 14-year-old child, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. The jury also found true the allegation that the victim was 14 years old at the time of the sexual assault.
On June 14, 2012, Mesinas forcibly raped the girl. The victim has cerebral palsy, has severe mental and physical handicaps, and does not move or speak, officials said. Mesinas made a video recording of a portion of the rape using the camera on his cell phone.
On July 7, 2012, the victim's mother found the video of the rape on Mesinas' cell phone and notified the girl's pediatrician, officials said. The pediatrician called the Sacramento Police Department, which subsequently investigated and arrested Mesinas.
Mesinas is to be sentenced Aug. 19 by Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian.