Stalker Sentenced to 19 Years in Prison
District Attorney Jan Scully recently announced that the Honorable Ernest Sawtelle sentenced Jose Moreno to 19 years and 4 months in prison. Moreno is also required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Last month, Moreno was convicted by jury of 21 counts, including stalking, first degree burglary, wiretapping, and installing spyware.
When the victim ended her relationship with Moreno in July 2010, he repeatedly broke into her home, stole personal items, installed spyware on her computer, and installed hidden cameras in her bedroom. When the victim found the hidden cameras, she left her apartment and stayed with a friend. Moreno tracked her down at her friend's house and spent hours photographing her without her knowledge. The victim then obtained a restraining order and moved to another residence with an alarm system. Moreno again tracked her down at the new residence, where he disabled her alarm, removed the locking mechanism from her back door, and created a key allowing him access to her house. He repeatedly burglarized her third residence, including taking personal items and installing a camera in a heater vent.
On October 2, 2010, Moreno was arrested inside the victim's home. Two search warrants of Moreno's residence revealed multiple items of the victim's property and computer devices revealed Moreno's stalking efforts, including a folder entitled "Stalking" containing pictures of the victim.
Deputy District Attorney Michelle Restrepo states, "I hope the sentence imposed today will help the victim regain a sense of security in her own home."