DA: Katie’s Law aided in rape conviction

CNJ staff

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler is praising Katie’s Law for helping convict an illegal immigrant of the 2010 rape of a Clovis woman.

Chandler said Jesus Oscar Dominguez was convicted by a jury Friday and faces up to 27 years in prison. He said Dominguez was convicted largely on DNA evidence police obtained from the scene.

The DNA sample was compared to a national database made possible by Katie’s Law, which requires DNA samples from anyone arrested for a felony. Chandler said the DNA matched Dominguez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was in jail on unrelated charges.

Chandler said the DNA sample was critical because the victim was not able to identify her assailant, who masked his face with a hooded sweater.

The victim said her attacker knocked on her door, saying he was a friend of her father and his car was out of gas. She said he asked to use the bathroom and possibly borrow a gas can.

Chandler said the victim, who was home alone with her 4-year-old daughter, allowed the man in and armed with a gun after emerging from the bathroom, he attacked her.Chandler said the DNA database along with a solid police investigation and a strong victim “gave the jury just what they needed to convict a man who has been extremely dangerous to New Mexicans.”

Dominguez will face sentencing at a hearing to be held within the next 60 days.