East County parents react to sentencing hearing in homeless encampment sexual assault case
EL CAJON (KUSI) – Earlier, KUSI brought you the sentencing of a man accused of multiple sex crimes against a minor.
Now, the Finn family continues to be frustrated with a system they said first allowed these crimes to happen, then allowed the suspect to be grossly overlooked.
The attacks happened at a homeless encampment in the unincorporated area of El Cajon.
KUSI’s Teresa Sardina was live from El Cajon with more.
Sharie Finn, the victim’s mother, shared this statement below:
“The first challenge in this case stems from her having special needs and the way that was handled.The initial interview with law enforcement occurred 20 minutes after being pulled out of the motorhome where she had been held by up to five individuals, while in the trauma unit at UCSD.Her first contact with law-enforcement was two male uniformed San Diego police officers and two male San Diego Sheriff detectives, also armed.Thereafter, she was transferred to Palomar Hospital where she was taken for a SART exam. While she did let them obtain DNA samples, which is literally the only evidence holding Rodolfo accountable, she felt too ashamed and too embarrassed to allow them to take pictures of the markings on her chest and back.After five days in Rady Children’s Hospital she was moved to an intensive inpatient treatment program. That in itself should demonstrate just how much trauma was endured.After approximately six months in inpatient treatment she started a comprehensive written statement regarding every detail of the nightmare she endured. It took her a total of four months to complete this.That document was provided to the DA. Based on the judge’s reaction Tuesday May 10th, it’s clear that the DA did not share the details of that written statement with him.“