Jorge Cruz, 32 of Turlock, previously had his sentencing continued on Monday and then postponed on Friday until October 9, 2008. The case involving the former Turlock Police Officer and a 17 year old girl serving as an Explorer Scout with the Turlock Police Department includes three felony counts of sexual intercourse with a minor, sodomy with a minor, and oral copulation with a minor. Cruz pled no contest and is facing up to four years and four months in state prison.
Testimonies from the 17 year old Pitman student’s family were given on Friday. The girl’s parents, grandparents, and uncle expressed how these crimes have impacted their child and family with no way to ever go back to the girl’s happy, innocent days.
The victim was not there but Deputy District Attorney Annette Rees read a prepared statement where the girl wanted the judge to know that she gets sick to her stomach when she thinks about what happened and how Jorge Cruz to away something that she’ll never get back, her security and innocence.
Jorge Cruz is now scheduled to appear at his sentencing hearing on October 9, 2008. The sentencing delay was so that witnesses testifying on Cruz’s behalf could make their statements.
Jorge Cruz’s crime was discovered when Turlock Police Detectives were investigating possible sex crimes involving a Pitman teacher, Carl Kubicek, 35 of Turlock, and a 17 year old Pitman student, the same girl who fell victim to Cruz.
Both were arrested and are now facing sentencing. Carl Kubicek has also had many sentencing delays and is scheduled for an October 16, 2008 hearing. He is facing 1 day in jail to 3 years and 8 months in prison. In this instance, it seems pretty conclusive that both are going to get what they deserve but cases revolving around sex crimes are not always that simple and can often involve the misrepresentation of innocent people, subsequently causing irreversible damage to their reputations. Those in such a situation may want to look here for legal assistance from lawyers who have experience in this particularly sensitive area of the law.