Gang members sentenced for sexually assaulting 13-year-old girl

The three men accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Mountain View girl in Castro Park last fall have accepted a plea deal that will send two of them to prison for eight years and another for five, according to the deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case.

Mario Pinto, his brother Jose Pinto -- both from Sunnyvale -- and Carlos Sarcino of Mountain View were sentenced on Aug. 29 for their role in the attack, which occurred on Nov. 28, 2012. They were charged with performing a "lewd or lascivious action on a child by force."

According to the police report and Santa Clara County Deputy DA Clarissa Hamilton, the three young men -- two of whom were 17 at the time -- were hanging out with the victim at Castro Park on the night of the attack. They apparently all knew each other.

They were all drinking, but the 13-year-old was so drunk that she was "completely unconscious" during a portion of the attack. At another point, according to statements made by the defendants, she was screaming for help.

"The acts that occurred are particularly heinous," Hamilton told the Voice last December.

As a part of their plea deal, the men -- all of whom are members of the Surenos street gang -- pleaded guilty to carrying out the sexual assault "for the benefit of a gang," Hamilton said.

"Gangs thrive on being the biggest, baddest people on the block," Hamilton said, explaining that anything gang members can do to reinforce that image can benefit the group by perpetuating fear of the gang. "That's the culture that gangs thrive on."


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Posted by Flava Dave
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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Pitch black in that park. I don't see the city paying to put in any lights there though, not unless more incidents occurred.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Wild beasts. Only 8 years? This girl will have issues for life because of this.

"Gangs thrive on being the biggest, baddest people on the block" -- so that's why 3 17-year-old males assaulted a drunk 13-year-old girl? Disgusting. Can't they just stick to killing each other? Thanks.

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Posted by No Vision
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

If the city won't cough up the money to pay for lights at busy crossing streets, they sure as heck will not pay for lights in dangerous parks.

But there is always more money for pet projects like bicycles.

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Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Sep 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm

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So... let's see...approx'ly 3M females are raped in USA each year (reported and est. unreported) and which gang do those guys mainly belong to?
Why the good ol' boys' club gang that's been operating for the past 7,000 years.
Rape is all about violence and power like these guys said... and for too many males any excuse is a good reason to rape a female.

And what gang runs USA gov't for the most part? Why that would be the good ol' boys' club gang if I remember correctly.

IF you don't want to be an accomplice then you must speak up and take actions to confront the paradigm at every chance.

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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I don't think lights in the park would have stopped this from happening.

The poor girl was hanging out with monsters. She was too young to know it.

8 and 5 years aint long enough. We need to get rid of all plea bargains. Let a jury of our peers decide how long to put these [portion removed; see terms of use] away.

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Posted by Good Laugh
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 6, 2013 at 7:11 pm

OK, lets say approx 3M women are raped. That means approx 3M rapists, and for this argument we'll presume they are all male, but as headlines prove that's not always the case. Anyway, 3M rapists out of a male population of 102,665,043. The equate to less than 3% of the male population aged 16-64.
Apparently if you WANT to hate an entire group, you just need a tiny minority to fed that hate and basically view 1/2 the population of the US as somehow supportive of rape.

Just wanted to put some fact to the emotion so we can all see who we're dealing with. Someone who sees half the US population as somehow supportive of rape.
I can't argue with that. Rather, I won't, just like I won't argue with the ranting people on Market Street in SF.

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Posted by Shocking
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Sep 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

The park needs lights and security cameras.

Oh yeah, and that park is actually the Castro Elementary School Campus during the day. And the victim and one of the rapists went to that school. Lovely.

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