Former California Highway Patrol officer Jacob Duenas has been convicted of raping an 8-year-old boy. This however is not Duenas’ only sexual encounter with children. Son of convicted wife killer Mark Duenas, Jacob also molested two underage girls back in 2008. He was fired from his Salinas position with the CHP over the molestation case. He did NOT serve any jail time over it but was required to register as a sex offender. He was later arrested again for molesting a 10-year-old boy in Chico, Ca. He pleaded no contest in 2014 to the case.
During the court case, a court-appointed psychologist, Dr. Daisy Switzer, testified that Duenas was a sexually violent pedophile. In spite of that testimony and being a repeat offender, Duenas walked away with a curiously light sentence. The former highway patrol officer was sentenced to 180 days in jail and five years probation.
Butte County Deputy District Attorney Matt Taylor told KRCR-TV, “My feelings on the sentencing are summed up in one word: surprised. What makes this case unusual is that you have a psychologist, independently commissioned by the court, who made a finding that Mr. Duenas was a pedophile and a sexual predator. And regardless of that, the judge sentenced Mr. Duenas to probation.”
In the case of the 8-year-old boy, Duenas was still attempting to be an officer when it happened. KCRA reports:
Duenas’ sex crimes against children date back to when he was 18 years old and studying to become a law enforcement officer. He was living in a house in Gig Harbor, Washington, when he repeatedly raped an 8-year-old boy who was also staying at the house in the summer of 2000, according to testimony at his latest trial.
Duenas became so confident in raping and molesting minors he reportedly told his aunt that he was “good at” secretly sexually abusing children without others finding out. The aunt testified that Duenas told her “I have been fighting demons for years.”
Duenas currently remains behind bars at Pierce County Jail.