LANCASTER – A 75-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 102 years to life in state prison for drugging and then raping a woman inside his Agua Dulce trailer two years ago.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daviann Mitchell imposed the maximum term on Arthur Eugene Lindsey, who was paroled to California in the late 1990s after serving more than three decades in prison for raping and murdering a woman in Indiana.
In the most recent case, an Antelope Valley jury in February convicted Lindsey of nine felony counts, including rape of an unconscious person, oral copulation of an unconscious person, sexual penetration by a foreign object and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.
The victim is a former Antelope Valley resident who was 29 years old at the time of the assault, the prosecutor said. On June 5, 2013, a parole officer discovered Lindsey sexually assaulting the victim – who was passed out — during a surprise parole check at Lindsey’s Agua Dulce trailer.
The victim acknowledged that she had consumed alcohol Lindsey gave her after he offered her a ride in his BMW, but said she hadn’t taken the various drugs found in her system, Hatami said.
Lindsey’s phone contained numerous photos of the woman, naked and passed out, the prosecutor said.
The elderly parolee admitted to using a penis pump and engaging in multiple sexual acts with the woman over a two-day period when he knew she was “wasted” and couldn’t care for herself, according to a sentencing memorandum.
The sentencing memorandum detailed Lindsey’s prior criminal record.
In 1964, in Indiana, Lindsey choked and raped a woman and then threw her body into a river and drowned her, according to the court document. He was convicted of first-degree murder and first-degree murder in perpetration of rape, and he received a life sentence. Still, he was paroled to California in 1998 after serving 33 years in prison.
Four years later, in 2002, Lindsey was arrested and charged with assault and attempted forcible rape for trying to rape a 17-year-old girl at an Acton trailer park. He was acquitted after a jury trial, according to the sentencing memorandum.
Two years after that, in 2004, Lindsey was arrested for smuggling three young women across the Mexico border into the United States; but those charges were eventually dropped by the Department of Homeland Security. In 2005, Lindsey was sentenced to four years in state prison for failing to file a change of address as a sex offender.
He was released on parole sometime in 2009, and he was living in an Agua Dulce trailer park in 2013 when the latest sex crime occurred.
At the sentencing hearing Thursday, the judge ordered Lindsey to register as a sex offender and to pay for rape crisis counseling for the victim.
The victim cried as she gave her impact statement. She said she had been “damaged and hurt,” but she had forgiven her Lindsey.
“I’m glad that justice has been done,” the victim said.
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