A Woodland man was convicted of rape and torture Wednesday.
A jury found 26-year-old Elmer David Rodriguez guilty of torture, felony domestic violence, infliction of great bodily injury and use of a deadly weapon, sodomy, rape, oral copulation, criminal threats, vandalism, and dissuading a witness.
Rodriguez committed his series of crimes over a two month period against a woman he was dating.
Law enforcement learned of what Rodriguez was doing after the woman was hospitalized in February.
The night she was hospitalized, the woman told officers that Rodriguez beat her twice that week, including on Valentine's Day. She continued, saying he repeatedly stomped on her chest and legs, kicked her in the ribs, beat her with a hammer, and punched her.
Doctors found the woman had multiple fractured ribs, injuries to her kidney, and her body was covered in bruises.
Police arrested Rodriguez, who had previously been convicted of domestic violence against the same woman in 2015, and another woman in 2013.
Rodriguez had also been previously convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2015 after beating his friend with a glass and a skateboard. That attack left the victim with severe damage to his ear and a facial fracture.
During the trail, the women Rodriguez attacked described how he sexually assaulted and beat them. They told the jury how he would burn them with a cigarette lighter, stop on their chests, and urinate and spit on them.
“The evidence the brave victims offered at trial was compelling and critical in ending Rodriguez reign of terror upon our community of young women,” said Deputy District Attorney Tiffany Susz. “The verdicts reflect the commitment of the jury to perform their civic duty in a serious and emotional case.”
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