Man sentenced to prison for rape of former friend

Daily Post Staff Writer

A Redwood City man was sentenced Tuesday (July 2) to eight years in prison for raping a woman who considered him a friend, a prosecutor said.

The 20-year-old woman and Juan Luis Ramirez-Ruiz, 27, were watching a movie together at his apartment on April 3, 2017. During the movie, Ramirez-Ruiz removed her clothes and raped her, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

After the assault, Ramirez-Ruiz walked the woman home, Wagstaffe said.

During Ramirez-Ruiz’s sentencing yesterday, the woman gave a powerful statement to the court, saying “you put me through hell, but you will never take away my strength,” according to the DA.

The woman reported the rape in early May 2017, and told police that Ramirez-Ruiz also assaulted her in October 2016. She said they had never been romantically involved, Wagstaffe said.

Ramirez-Ruiz pleaded no contest to forcible rape on May 1. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life once he is released from prison.