Teen sentenced in assault of girl

Daijohn A. Gonzalez had originally been accused of second-degree rape.

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WALLA WALLA - A teenager who pleaded guilty this month to assaulting a girl in the spring of 2010 while in a vehicle off Mill Creek Road was sentenced Friday to time he'd already served.

Daijohn A. Gonzalez, 19, of 316 S. 10th Ave., was handed a standard-range sentence of 30 days in juvenile detention for fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor. But he served more than that amount of time from when he was arrested Aug. 25, 2010, until he was released on bail Oct. 1 of that year.

Judge John Lohrmann also placed Gonzalez on nine months of community supervision with conditions, and he will have to abide by an 8 p.m.-7 a.m. curfew.

In handing down the sentence in the Juvenile Department of Superior Court, Lohrmann went along with a prosecution recommendation. The case was handled in juvenile court because Gonzalez was 17 when he was arrested.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty Dec. 9 to the reduced charge. He had been accused of second-degree rape, but the Prosecuting Attorney's Office has said evidentiary problems developed in the case, making it difficult to pursue the felony sex charge.

Co-defendant Cager J. York, 19, of 2363 S. Wilbur Ave., pleaded guilty in adult court last month to fourth-degree assault and received a year's suspended jail sentence, with credit for 35 days served.

Officials said that late June 4 or early June 5 of 2010, the girl - who was then 15 and acquainted with York and Gonzalez - was walking to a friend's house near Pioneer Park when she received text messages and a phone call from York.

He and Gonzalez picked the girl up in a van and York eventually drove them to what apparently is Harbert Road off Mill Creek where the two males engaged in sexual intercourse with her, according to a Sheriff's Office report filed in court.

They then traveled back to Walla Walla and the girl got out of the van near Isaacs and Wilbur avenues, officials said.

Lohrmann said in court Friday, "Perhaps in some ways we'll never know exactly what happened."

But he told Gonzalez: "It certainly serves as a wake-up call, does it not? It's time to get on down the road and respect other people's rights."

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