Bandon woman sentenced for two counts of rape

2013-05-02T07:00:00Z 2013-12-30T14:10:10Z Bandon woman sentenced for two counts of rapeBy George Artsitas, Bandon Western World Coos Bay World

COQUILLE — A Bandon woman was sentenced Monday to two months in jail after she admitted having sex with an adolescent boy twice last summer.

Ladonna Renee Moniz pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree rape. She had sexual intercourse with the victim twice between June 10 and Aug.1.

Moniz, 30, was originally charged with eight counts each of second-degree sodomy and second-degree rape, but the charges were reduced in a plea agreement. The plea saved her from a Measure 11 conviction, which would have mandated a minimum sentence of 70 months in prison.

Instead, Moniz was given two back-to-back 30-day sentences. She also must serve three years’ probation, is forbidden to contact the victim or his family, must pay a $1,500 fine and cannot be alone with anyone under age 18.

The comparatively light sentence reflected her lack of a prior criminal record. But the terms of the probation mean any kind of infraction will result in prison time.

Her lawyer, Allen Goldman, explained to her, “You can’t have any screw-ups on this.”

Goldman said the victim was tall, well-built and socially adept for his age. His client suffered a lapse in judgment and gave in to temptation.

“The boundaries she had originally set broke down on these two occasions,” Goldman said.

Moniz wept in court Monday as she awaited her turn before Judge Michael J. Gillespie. Standing before the judge, she held a tissue and barely kept her composure.

“Have a seat,” Gillespie said. “It looks like you’re working some things out.”

Asked if she had anything to say, Moniz gave a cryptic response: “The only thing I have to say is that I forgive the family, and I know that doesn’t make any sense, but it does to them.”

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