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Belmont man sentenced for sex with drunk teen
March 26, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Joshua Bringazi

A 29-year-old Belmont man was sentenced to nine years in prison for having sex with the drunken sister of his roommate’s girlfriend while on parole for similar behavior with an inebriated teenage girl.

Judge Jack Grandsaert refused to discount Joshua Kenneth Bringazi’s prior strike and imposed the nine-year term with credit of 1,641 days. The prosecution was “very satisfied” with the outcome, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Defense attorney Paul DeMeester said his client has a viable appeal based on excluded evidence about the “lack of credibility” of the accusations.

Jurors deliberated two days in February before convicting Bringazi of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and committing a lewd act on a child age 14 or 15. The jury didn’t specify if both convictions refer to the same or different incidents so Bringazi could only be sentenced for one, DeMeester said.

During trial, prosecutors told jurors Bringazi, then 25, had sex with the Oregon teen on Aug. 24, 2010, when she came with her half-sister to visit family. Bringazi was a roommate of the sister’s boyfriend and the girls reportedly stayed with them. On the night in question, Bringazi reportedly pressured the girl to have a beer during a drinking game before having sex with her in his room. The next day, the girl allegedly refused further advances and Bringazi kicked her and the sister out of the apartment. The roommate contacted authorities.

At the time, Bringazi was on parole for multiple Santa Clara County convictions of using a minor to produce obscene material and penetration of a minor using a foreign object.

Bringazi’s case started and stalled several times between his arrest and conviction. He started trial once before but his previous attorney caused a mistrial by declaring mid-trial he had a conflict. While awaiting a new trial date, Bringazi was accused of assaulting a correctional officer while trying to remove a T-shirt illegally covering the man’s jail cell light.

During deliberations, one juror was replaced after taking photos of his wife and himself embracing in a way described by the victim and sharing them with other jurors.

michelle@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102

 

 

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