We recently received a verdict in a sexual battery case. Emanuel Law Group represented a young woman who went to a club in Sacramento to meet some friends. She met the defendant at the club and engaged in casual conversation with him. She had absolutely no romantic interests or intentions with this man.
In speaking with the defendant our client learned that they both worked for the State of California and they had a friend in common who worked at the club.
Our client needed a ride home, and Okoro advised her that he lived near the area where she was going and that he’d be happy to give her a ride.
As he started to drive her to her expected location he took a detour, parked in a dark vacant area near a field, forced her to orally copulate him, and then forcibly raped her.
He was never arrested, and he was never prosecuted by the District Attorney’s office. More than five years later, we achieved a civil jury verdict against him, and the jury found in our client’s favor on causes of action of sexual battery and gender violence.
Accountability and the Civil Justice System
This case was very important to my client in large part because the defendant was not held accountable in any way, shape, or form, by the criminal justice system. Our client’s civil judgment is public record, and can be seen by the defendant’s prospective employers, potential future victims, and law enforcement. Moreover, the plaintiff will receive monetary compensation.