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Lesbian victim testifies in trial of man accused in alleged 2008 gang rape

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

MARTINEZ, Calif. — Five years after a Northern California woman said she was gang-raped while her attackers taunted her for being a lesbian, the trial of one of the four men charged in the assault has gotten underway in a Contra Costa County courtroom where the 33-year-old victim is testifying.

Humberto Salvador

Humberto Salvador

Humberto Salvador, 36, of Richmond, Calif., is charged with 15 felonies that include kidnapping, street terrorism, carjacking, and gang rape in the Dec. 13, 2008, attack that started on a residential street in Richmond and ended outside an abandoned apartment building where the victim was left naked and injured, reported the Contra Costa Times.

Prosecutors are presenting the case as a hate crime that was driven in part by the woman’s sexual orientation.

Defense lawyer Linda Fullerton told jurors in her opening statement that while she does not dispute the victim was raped, she plans to prove it was not a gang rape motivated by sexual orientation.

The woman, who is not being named because she’s the victim of an alleged sexual assault, took the witness stand Tuesday on the trial’s first day.

She described how she had just parked her car, which was decorated with gay pride symbols like a rainbow-colored necklace and decals, when Salvador approached her, demanded her keys and wallet, and split her head open with a flashlight, the Times said.

“I was thinking material things don’t have the same value as life itself,” she said.

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Prosecutor Melissa Smith said in her opening statement that after striking the woman, Salvador ordered her to take off her clothes and said to her, “You like men now, don’t you? Tell me you like men.”

To avoid being spotted, Salvador and others forced the woman back into her car and drove her to the apartment building, where she was repeatedly raped, Smith said.

Two of the attackers who were teenagers at the time participated along with Salvador in order to prove themselves to the street gang Salvador belonged to, the prosecutor said. Of those two, now 20 years old, one pleaded guilty to forced oral copulation and the other is awaiting trial.

A 26-year-old man who did not assault the woman pleaded guilty to carjacking and robbery and is scheduled to testify against Salvador, the Times said.

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  1. looks like Robert Ramos

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:26am
  2. wow it does.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:27am
  3. smh Rob

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:27am
  4. I suspect he is going to be on the other end of that now.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:26am
  5. heres hopin!

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:59pm
  6. um

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:26am
  7. lmfao

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:26am
  8. You will have to like men now at prison

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:29am
  9. His cell mate will call him janice and make him their bride

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:33am
  10. All of those men are faggots.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:34am
  11. Wtf

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:35am
  12. Disgusting… They’ll feel what they’re victim went through. Hopefully a lot worse. Spineless pigs.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:37am
  13. wow this is so sad…i hope that poor woman gets justice!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:38am
  14. Hopefully she will get her justice back

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:38am
  15. The sad thing: no matter what happens now, even of those who are lucky enough to see justice, the terrible wrong that has been done to them can never be undone.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:42am
  16. Glad they got them all

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:47am
  17. His balls must go!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:53am
  18. Eww what a sick fuck I hope that poor women is ok

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:10am
  19. Castrate him…horrible man.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:11am
  20. dont be afraid :)

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:15am
  21. “The judge knew that he was full of shit and he gave him twenty-five years. Now his heart is filled with tears…”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeMeDihwyrg

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:16am
  22. To the comments excusing prison rape as a valid punishment and the people that liked them: You are degenerate retards and you are no better than the rapist.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:24am
  23. Agreed. I am sorry the woman was brutally raped. But you also have a point.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:12pm
  24. Oh whine somewhere else. If there were the death penalty for rape, you wouldn't have to worry about abuse now would you? And if you want to be PC, you shouldn't call people retards. That's pretty fucking vile too.

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:12pm
  25. Not being a hotheaded vindictive rape-supporting douchebag makes you PC now lol. And please, retard has pretty much been redefined to mean "stupid" or "idiot" just like imbecile was years ago. "Oh whine somewhere else."

    Replied on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:17pm
  26. fucking disgusting !

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:33am
  27. I hope prison treats them right

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:38am
  28. These guys are going to get what they have coming!! I hope they get their bootie’s poked daily!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:43am
  29. I hope that piece of shit gets prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and never gets out! Praying for the victim…

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:49am
  30. Hang then from the highest tree in town so we can watch them sway n gasp

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:51am
  31. Why is that man feel they can do as they like. send him to prison and let the women there deal with him, in their own way. He could be missing some bit in no time. Romayne

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:13am
  32. he will know the swift hand of justice when it is all said and done

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:18am
  33. A shame the beautiful angel of God, Lucifer and the pure evil is alive today … Jesus though is still with us…and there is justice in and into this next life…

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:25am
  34. I hope this piece of filth gets nothing less than gang raped him damn self in prison.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:35am
  35. When he gets gang raped in prison, he will hear the same words he told her, “You like men now.” Burn in prison and in hell.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 4:57am
  36. Praying for the victim. I hope she is able to get justice and somehow find peace again after this horrible tragedy.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:09am
  37. many comments want him to be given the same punishment in prison. but once he gets out… do you really think he will be a sane human being that will have ‘learnt his lesson’ as to not repeat again ???? i say the solution is either death or what i prefer: some serious psychological or/and psychiatric work…. and yes castration is also a solution. There needs to be more research done on these criminals to find a long term solution .

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:12am
  38. What a piece of shit…smh

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:17am
  39. Discussing

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:41am
  40. Throw the book at these pieces of crap

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:42am
  41. May his asshole be ripped by the inmates (:

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:52am
  42. CASTRATE HIM…Good luck in Jail Humberto Salvador when your jail mates have a lust attack and take your ass down…Justice well served…God grant his victim the courage to heal for his inducing trauma to her.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:59am
  43. The icons on the left side of the page are distracting

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:25am
  44. scumbag

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:01am
  45. You dikes should hunt this bitch down and beat his ass!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:29am
  46. Disgusting!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:49pm
  47. Reap what you sew, it’s just too bad we won’t see it.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 1:43pm
  48. Fry him!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:16pm
  49. wow, that poor woman.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:27pm
  50. give him the maximum

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 3:28pm
  51. I hope these guys get raped so often they can never walk again!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 5:22pm
  52. Poor woman. I feel for her. Hopefully she is getting the help she needs to work through all of this.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:13pm
  53. Cut his dick off, balls off and let him rot!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:42pm
  54. This is disgusting. My support to the survivor to the sexual assault. I’m sorry your normal was taken away from you.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 6:45pm
  55. Don’t drop the soap!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:28pm
  56. Die mother fucker!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:40pm
  57. She is a brave soul.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:46pm
  58. String them up.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:01pm
  59. Oh Humberto, hope you don’t forget your lipstick, they like it in prison if you have lipstick.

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:10pm
  60. Why did it take so long?

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 8:50pm
  61. I hope he gets the shit kick out of him if he gets away with it!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:54pm