Man Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting an Unconscious Woman

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News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón


November 17, 2016


CONTACT:           ALEX BASTIAN (415) 553-1931

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SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that a jury found Edison Bolanos, age 39, of San Francisco guilty yesterday of oral copulation of an unconscious person. 

“An individual who is unconscious cannot give consent,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “Recent changes to state law ensure such crimes are probation ineligible, and that’s important because the law should not reward those who wait until a victim is unable to say no.”

According to court records, on April 14th, 2016 the victim met an acquaintance, the acquaintance’s girlfriend, and Defendant Bolanos at the Revolution Café in San Francisco’s Mission District around 9 PM.  They stayed until the café closed at midnight, and proceeded to the Defendant’s apartment which was a half block away.  At the apartment the victim lost consciousness, and when she awoke she was face down with the Defendant assaulting her.  She was alone in the room with the Defendant, and the victim’s acquaintance and his girlfriend had left. 

Following the incident, the victim was traumatized and ultimately opted to report the assault with the help and comfort of friends.  A sexual assault kit was administered at San Francisco General Hospital, and Defendant was ultimately arrested on April 20th, 2016 by SFPD Sergeant Gonzalez.  A criminalist from the San Francisco Crime Lab analyzed DNA evidence taken during the victim's medical exam at San Francisco General Hospital.  The results of the DNA test confirmed a mixture of the victim’s DNA and Defendant’s DNA on the victim’s underwear. 

The Honorable Samuel Feng presided.  This successful prosecution is a result of an excellent investigation by SFPD Sgt. Esther Gonzalez.  Special thanks go to Paralegal Nina Stellini, Victim Advocates Lili Gamero and Gretel Chuquipul, as well as Law Clerk Ryan Porte.  Assistant District Attorney Omid Talai prosecuted the case.