Chico man gets probation for sex crime

Chico man gets probation for sex crime

There are 141 comments on the Chico Enterprise-Record story from Jun 19, 2010, titled Chico man gets probation for sex crime. In it, Chico Enterprise-Record reports that:

A Chico businessman Friday was given probation in connection with a sexual attack on a young woman in 2008.

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Ridiculous

Chico, CA

#142 Jul 22, 2010
You people can believe in your mob mentality all you want to, but does that make you better than what you view of him? He impacted someone else's life and you are setting out to do the same. Therefore the connection of your psychology and his are parallel. Except for the fact that he was on prescription medication for depression and intoxicated. He had that psychology in an altered state, you people just want to ruin lives in general.
Max II

Bismarck, ND

#144 Jul 23, 2010
Ridiculous wrote:
You people can believe in your mob mentality all you want to, but does that make you better than what you view of him? He impacted someone else's life and you are setting out to do the same. Therefore the connection of your psychology and his are parallel. Except for the fact that he was on prescription medication for depression and intoxicated. He had that psychology in an altered state, you people just want to ruin lives in general.
Everyone needs to quit making excuses for this rapist and why he did it. He did the crime now should do the time. His altered state of mind made him do it.....so tired of this excuse or abused as a child. Time for people to start taking responsibilty for their actions and quit blaming everything else.
Ridiculous

Chico, CA

#145 Jul 24, 2010
Max II wrote:
<quoted text>
Everyone needs to quit making excuses for this rapist and why he did it. He did the crime now should do the time. His altered state of mind made him do it.....so tired of this excuse or abused as a child. Time for people to start taking responsibilty for their actions and quit blaming everything else.
I'm not making excuses for why he did it, if he did in fact do it. I'm saying that bare bone facts are that he did not "rape" her. He supposedly sexually assaulted her according to the one way story. Child abuse has absolutely nothing to do with this case. However, I must answer to your claim that your tired of child abuse as an "excuse". Child abuse whether it be physical, verbal, or sexual is a legitimate cause for erratic behavior if proven to be true. It damages the the psychological state of the child for the rest of their life and can cause deep emotional issues. I would know this firsthand as I was physically and verbally abused as a child. I agree that people must take responsibility for their actions fully...but what if Hoptowit truly did not harm this woman in any way? What if she's the one at fault? I'm not saying she is and if this is all true, I'm truly sorry for her and her family. However, part of guaranteeing a fair trial is hearing both sides of the story. Hoptowit could have simply plead guilty to receive a lesser charge as he knew he did nothing wrong. Not pleading guilty could have garnered him a heavier sentence as people lean toward the supposed "victim" and their story. Popular opinion in society is always to accept what we hear as truth and blame the accused. I don't work that way. To this day and for the rest of my existence, I refuse to believe that Hoptowit assaulted this woman and that was the end. I believe there is more that we were not told.
Truthseeker

Redding, CA

#146 Jul 24, 2010
justiceseeker wrote:
<quoted text>Do it...I'll be right behind you! I am sure 95% of the people on this forum will too. Do it!
You are not a "justiceseeker". I live in Chico and just read all of the things you've posted. You're a hatemonger. Don't you think both of those families have suffered enough, all of them, the vicitim and the guy who plead guilty. Leave them alone.

If he plead guilty, it sounds like he owned up to his grievous offense. So let the healing for all parties involved begin. Leave them all alone. You sound like a stalker. The judge obviously made a just decision taking in ALL of the evidence.

You probably have a lot of garbage in your own back yard and that's why you feel the need to keep posting like some idiotic vigilante in order to ignore what's going on in your own life!

You think you are just?!!? You're behavior on these posts say otherwise.
Truthseeker

Redding, CA

#147 Jul 24, 2010
Max II wrote:
<quoted text>
Everyone needs to quit making excuses for this rapist and why he did it. He did the crime now should do the time. His altered state of mind made him do it.....so tired of this excuse or abused as a child. Time for people to start taking responsibilty for their actions and quit blaming everything else.
Factcheck:

He wasn't charged with rape. Where did you get that it was rape?
Truthseeker

Redding, CA

#148 Jul 24, 2010
SaneChicoan wrote:
<quoted text> So you're saying "under the right circumstances" Hoptowit will repeat this behavior. I see. What about all that stuff about his "nice," "secure" family? Are they more nice and more secure now? How is it that Hoptowit shouldn't be locked up as a matter of public safety? Has he learned to suppress his natural human urge to hurt women? Please explain, oh Lord.
You make so many assumptions. I wonder about the lack of mercy shown here on this forum. He plead guilty and accepted whatever the sentence the judge would give. So, when you all have done something seriously wrong and you are sorry for it, are you ready to receive the same brand of justice that you're doling out here? Because there isn't a speck of mercy for the guy who plead guilty to the crime. How do people change, then, if they are shown no mercy after making huge mistakes.

Miraculous things happen when people forgive and move on. Is it easy, no. But it is essential to living in hope. All of the vigilante gawkers on this forum just have issues in their own lives they can't deal with so they focus on someone else's. Let all parties move on, and be healed in whatever way they are being called to be healed. Quit assaulting them with all the garbage that's being spewed.
Alrighty then

United States

#149 Jul 25, 2010
Truthseeker wrote:
<quoted text>
Factcheck:
He wasn't charged with rape. Where did you get that it was rape?
Factcheck, you are correct. He was charged with burglary intending to commit sexual assault. BTW, he fulfilled his intentions by going through with the sexual assault.
If this victim was meek, she'd have suffered more at the scene. But the young woman got angry, fought him off, screamed bloody murder, which the who were in the area heard, chased him down the street, and identified him to the cops. She went through hours of testimony and cross examination, where she was treated like the suspect by Hoptowit's attorney.
If his victim was drunk or meek. He would have had his way with her. He would have left and she may have not reported the assault until Hoptowit was back in his home, savoring his conquest. No one would have suspected Hoptowit for the monster he really is. This would make a great storyline for a movie.
relative of victim

Fort Worth, TX

#150 Jul 27, 2010
Ridiculous wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not making excuses for why he did it, if he did in fact do it. I'm saying that bare bone facts are that he did not "rape" her. He supposedly sexually assaulted her according to the one way story. Child abuse has absolutely nothing to do with this case. However, I must answer to your claim that your tired of child abuse as an "excuse". Child abuse whether it be physical, verbal, or sexual is a legitimate cause for erratic behavior if proven to be true. It damages the the psychological state of the child for the rest of their life and can cause deep emotional issues. I would know this firsthand as I was physically and verbally abused as a child. I agree that people must take responsibility for their actions fully...but what if Hoptowit truly did not harm this woman in any way? What if she's the one at fault? I'm not saying she is and if this is all true, I'm truly sorry for her and her family. However, part of guaranteeing a fair trial is hearing both sides of the story. Hoptowit could have simply plead guilty to receive a lesser charge as he knew he did nothing wrong. Not pleading guilty could have garnered him a heavier sentence as people lean toward the supposed "victim" and their story. Popular opinion in society is always to accept what we hear as truth and blame the accused. I don't work that way. To this day and for the rest of my existence, I refuse to believe that Hoptowit assaulted this woman and that was the end. I believe there is more that we were not told.
Unbelievable. Even when he admits his crime, there are people like you who "refuse to believe that Hoptowit assaulted this woman and that was the end." HE ADMITTED IT!!! And, luckily, because she fought the monster off, it ended better than it could have. Would you be more convinced if she had been beaten senseless, bludgeoned, or worse? Why is it so hard for you to believe that this man walked into her room, attacked her, and fled the scene? You know, he was probably "waiting" for her, for anyone, to go into the house that night. Did you know that his car was parked right across the street from the house...and his wife came and picked it up the next morning? And he was caught running down the street? Not only an attacker, but a cowardly one at that. And I am so sick and tired of hearing about his "impairments"...drug s, alcohol, etc. All choices. Choices that some of you are so quick to let him hide behind. I hope he does break his probation, then we won't have to worry about him. He will be behind bars where he belongs. You are right about one thing...there is more to the story that you were not told. More sickening details about the things that he did to her. But in the end, it really doesn't matter. You wouldn't believe them anyway.
justiceseeker

Menlo Park, CA

#152 Jul 29, 2010
IN CASE ANYONE ALREADY FORGOT HERE IS A REMINDER:
Posted On: June 28, 2010 by Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney
MAN WHO PLEAD GUILTY TO SEX CRIME PLACED ON PROBATION Ė PENAL CODE SECTIONS 459, 460(A), 289(A)(1)
A Chico man who plead guilty to burglary with intent to commit unlawful sexual penetration was placed on probation and his prison sentence was stayed. He faced up to six years in state prison.

According to defendant Jeremy Hoptowit, 28, after a night of playing poker with friends, he broke into a house while intoxicated. The victim, a resident of the house, claimed that Hoptowit pushed her onto a bed and groped her under her dress. The victim stated that she resisted and Hoptowit fled. He was eventually apprehended by police.

Under California Penal Code sections 459 and 460(a), a person who enters a residence with the intent to commit a felony is guilty of first degree burglary. Under California Penal Code section 289(a)(1), a person who commits sexual penetration by means of force and against the victimís will is guilty of a felony.

Hoptowit was a volunteer and coach at a local school and had over 50 letters in support from Chico residents. He had no prior criminal record.

The sentencing judge stated that because of Hoptowitís lack of a prior criminal record, the unusual circumstances of the case indicated that probation was appropriate.

The victim and the district attorney both urged the judge to give Hoptowit the harshest punishment possible. Several prison officials also recommended imprisonment, but a prison psychologist opined that Hoptowit was not likely to reoffend and recommended probation.

Hoptowit is required to register as a sex offender under Meganís Law, California Penal Code section 290, and any violation of his probation terms may result in a prison sentence.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a sexual assault, you will need a competent defense attorney who will present all relevant facts to the court in order to get the best result possible. Or simply have a Daddy with connections in the system to get you off scott-free!
Ridiculous

Chico, CA

#153 Aug 1, 2010
relative of victim wrote:
<quoted text>
Unbelievable. Even when he admits his crime, there are people like you who "refuse to believe that Hoptowit assaulted this woman and that was the end." HE ADMITTED IT!!! And, luckily, because she fought the monster off, it ended better than it could have. Would you be more convinced if she had been beaten senseless, bludgeoned, or worse? Why is it so hard for you to believe that this man walked into her room, attacked her, and fled the scene? You know, he was probably "waiting" for her, for anyone, to go into the house that night. Did you know that his car was parked right across the street from the house...and his wife came and picked it up the next morning? And he was caught running down the street? Not only an attacker, but a cowardly one at that. And I am so sick and tired of hearing about his "impairments"...drug s, alcohol, etc. All choices. Choices that some of you are so quick to let him hide behind. I hope he does break his probation, then we won't have to worry about him. He will be behind bars where he belongs. You are right about one thing...there is more to the story that you were not told. More sickening details about the things that he did to her. But in the end, it really doesn't matter. You wouldn't believe them anyway.
People admit to crimes for a smaller sentence so they don't have to keep facing relentless liars who will only serve to slander them. I'm not saying the "victim" was this type, however, she could very well have been. I'm not saying that I completely KNOW Hoptowit did not commit this crime. I'm saying that I'm not convinced. You're right, I wouldn't believe these "sickening details" as there was no direct statement from her accusing Hoptowit of more. In the end, we're all going to have our own opinions. That's what life is about and it will not change.
Good Grief

United States

#155 Aug 3, 2010
It's not what ya did,.. it's who ya know that counts right Judge? What a bunch of PIGS - they all deserve eachother.
relative of victim

Los Angeles, CA

#157 Sep 20, 2010
Guess who is already out and roaming the streets? So much for his 1 year reduced sentence. More like 3 months. It looks like his address that someone posted earlier has been removed from this site...too bad. The citizens of Chico have a right to know. The way this whole case was handled by the courts just sickens me...it is all about who you are, who you know, and how much money someone is willing to pay. Chico...get the word out. You have another rapist among you.
scrubbed from meganslaw

Yuba City, CA

#160 Jan 12, 2011
I did a name and city search, he's not listed at all. He should be on there. Did someone pull some strings here again? That website is there to protect people by informing them of sexual predators in their area. A google search shows he's operating a computer business in Chico. What's the deal, CHICO??? Shame on everyone that gave him a pass. And what an insult to the Chico cops who did a great job catching him. Oh yes, the victim too, let's not ever forget her. She will never forget this, that I know.
scrubbed from meganslaw

Yuba City, CA

#161 Jan 15, 2011
I did a name and city search, he's not listed at all. He should be on there. Did someone pull some strings here again? That website is there to protect people by informing them of sexual predators in their area. A google search shows he's operating a computer business in Chico. What's the deal, CHICO??? Shame on everyone that gave him a pass. And what an insult to the Chico cops who did a great job catching him. Oh yes, the victim too, let's not ever forget her. She will never forget this, that I know.
Lorrie

United States

#162 Nov 11, 2011
Chico Ca SUX
Toolie

West Tehama County, CA

#165 Nov 26, 2011
Lorrie wrote:
Chico Ca SUX
It sure does now but it used to be nice back in the day.
Here is One

Amity, OR

#167 Aug 31, 2012
BC VOTER wrote:
RAPIST GOES FREE
RAPIST GOES FREE??
RAPIST GOES FREE??
REALLY??!!
WHO ACTUALLY CARES ABOUT BUTTE COUNTY?
Our legal system here is completely for sell. If you have the money,you can get away with anything. Just make sure daddy is protected (like little miss Ramsey), or a lawyer.
As for the 50 letter writing supporters, I hope it's you or your daughter, or your wife or your mother that gets raped next. Then you'll know how my family feels. POS
I bet the RAPIST is a REPUBLICAN.
How about it Here is One? WAITING!!!
Friend

Tacoma, WA

#168 Nov 4, 2012
Jeremy is an honest and true man who owned up to his actions. For those that attack him, you sicken me. You don't know the first thing about him. All you do is make ghastly claims and hide behind your fail of the Internet. You're fucking disgusting you pigs for putting his family through this. I am truly sickened by your misguided words aimed at only inflicting more damage.
Annoyed

Chico, CA

#169 Nov 4, 2012
bethevoice wrote:
<quoted text>
Probation is to keep Probation Officers working. Parole is to keep Parole Officers working. The Courts seem to have it backwards as they consistently reward bad behavior....or they attack the victim and persecute them instead. We should probably just remove the word "punishment that fits the crime" from all legal dictionaries and reference books.....it seems the Judges have forgotten how to read and apply the laws appopriately.
"it seems the Judges have forgotten how to read and apply the laws appopriately."

Now that's a nasty thing to say. Especially since the judge is only doing his job as a paid politician of the courts.

What's that you say? You didn't know judges were part of the old boy political system? If judges aren't elected they are appointed and are among the most beholden to their supporters and most feel obligated to "some how" pay back those debts....JUST LIKE ANY FAT ASSED POLITICIAN WITH THEIR HAND OUT.

You can't do anything about it so just enjoy living in the "country" and try to chill out. In fact MANY on this forum say they LIKE the way Chico and Butte county do things and get angry when you suggest change.
Annoyed

Chico, CA

#171 Nov 4, 2012
Friend wrote:
Jeremy is an honest and true man who owned up to his actions. For those that attack him, you sicken me. You don't know the first thing about him. All you do is make ghastly claims and hide behind your fail of the Internet. You're fucking disgusting you pigs for putting his family through this. I am truly sickened by your misguided words aimed at only inflicting more damage.
"Jeremy is an honest and true man"

So he's "honest and true" in his speech and when people are watching him???? This sounds like what you'e saying. But what about other times???

Are you SO simple that you believe his man, who could easily be saint if people only understood him, ONLY HAD ONE EVIL THOUGHT in his mind EVER (like you?) and he only acted on that ONE evil thought(like you?) because "Jeremy is an honest and true man" and he would NEVER, EVER do ANYTHING else like THAT again (but the FIRST time was somehow different from any other possible scenario?).

In our society we judge such peolple as being closer to animals in that they are controlled by their beastly emotions and we put them in cages to seperate them from honest, law abiding people (like you?)rather than put our children at risk.

YOU, not being a medical or psychiatric specialist are to be commended for supporting your frind but when it comes to my children's saftey your friendship with this criminal doesn't mean SQUAT, and furthermore your insistance is ludicrous.

This person is a common criminal and should be treated as such!

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