Yosemite employee charged in rape of co-worker, prosecutors say

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A worker at Yosemite National Park has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse, accused of raping and strangling a female park employee on May 31, according to federal prosecutors.

Nathan Baptista, 36, was charged in federal court in Fresno on Thursday, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California. If found guilty, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Both Baptista and the woman worked for a company that operates the park’s hospitality services. The rape happened the night the woman met Baptista, prosecutors said.

According to the Fresno Bee, the woman told investigators that Baptista repeatedly hit and strangled her during the rape as she tried to stop him.

The woman had bruises and other injuries on her body and face, which were documented during an exam at the Yosemite Medical Clinic, according to the criminal complaint.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.