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San Ramon man sentenced for drugging, raping women

21-year-old accepted plea deal for 20-year term

A San Ramon resident was sentenced to 20 years in state prison last Thursday after pleading no contest to charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted several women he met through social media.

Kwangmin Jin, 21, was arrested by Fremont police detectives last September in Champaign, Ill. At the time, police said an investigation revealed that Jin had arranged meetings with at least four women through social media sites like Tinder and Badoo between May and August of 2015. Police alleged that upon meeting these women, Jin gave them alcoholic drinks mixed with sedative drugs and then sexually assaulted them.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office ultimately filed charges related to six victims, at least one of whom has never been identified, according to senior deputy district attorney Susan Torrence, the prosecutor on the case.

In a plea deal, Jin admitted he drugged at least three of the victims; one had a positive toxicology test result for Xanax when she had not knowingly taken any, Torrence said by email.

The defendant admitted raping two of the victims, Torrence added, noting that the victims were unaware of any sexual activity because they were unconscious.

Jin pleaded no contest to four charges of rape by use of drugs and two charges of attempted rape by use of drugs. Jin's plea agreement called for a sentence of 20 years in prison, though the charges carried a maximum possible sentence of 32 years.

"Given the fact that a number of victims did not want to testify in this matter, which is their right and understandable, the resolution of this case was adequate," Torrence said. "However, the available sentence under the law, as it stands now, is insufficient for this defendant's conduct. The victims were brave in their reporting and brave in their seeking justice."

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