A 30-year-old Modesto man faces a maximum sentence of life in prison after he was convicted of beating and raping a woman before robbing her at a Salida motel.
Ray Allen Beaty was found guilty of rape by force, robbery and making criminal threats. The jury’s verdict came after a four-day trial that ended Nov. 18 in Stanislaus Superior Court.
Beaty has been accused of sexual assault before. In 2007, Beaty was arrested on suspicion of groping a woman and a teenage girl in Modesto. He was later convicted of those crimes.
The rape occurred March 6, 2015, at a Super 8 motel. Beaty had arranged to meet the woman, who was working as a prostitute, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Annette Rees, who prosecuted the case.
The prosecutor said Beaty savagely beat the woman into unconsciousness, then raped her. Rees said Beaty tried to clean up DNA evidence that might have been left on the victim’s body. The defendant then stole the woman’s cash and cellphone and left the motel room, Rees said.
Shortly after, the victim flagged down a Modesto police officer to report the assault. Investigators later learned Beaty’s car had been pulled over soon after the sexual assault. Authorities said the victim identified her attacker in a photograph and recognized his car.
When police arrested Beaty, investigators found money in his pockets that matched the cash taken in the robbery. Rees said a medical examination found traces of DNA on the victim that matched the defendant. Beaty’s cellphone also showed several calls with the victim before the sexual assault.
In October 2007, Beaty was arrested after he reportedly groped a 15-year-old Downey High School student as she waited at an east Modesto bus stop. He was later convicted of misdemeanor molesting a child.
A few days after the girl was groped, a 21-year-old Modesto woman reported to police that Beaty had groped her in February 2007. The woman reported the downtown Modesto groping when it happened; her description of the man who grabbed her and his car were similar to Beaty and his vehicle. Seven months later, she recognized Beaty’s picture in the newspaper and called police.
Beaty was later convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery for groping the woman. The defendant has other previous convictions for sexual assault and assault.
Judge Rick Distaso has scheduled Beaty’s sentencing for Dec. 19. The defendant remains in custody at the county jail.
Rees said Beaty’s sentence will range from 32 years and 8 months in prison to life in prison. Each of Beaty’s charges in this case qualifies as a strike under the state’s “Three Strikes” law, which can be used to lengthen a prison sentence if he is convicted again of a felony.