SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A man was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting two women in Irvine and Newport Beach.
Travis Dewayne Batten, Jr., 31, Irvine, was found guilty by a jury of two felony counts of forcible rape, one felony count each of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense during the commission of first degree burglary, sodomy by force, sexual penetration by foreign object by force, and kidnapping to commit a sex offense.
Batten faces a maximum sentence of 120 years to life in state prison at his scheduled May 23rd sentencing. Hie sentence was enhanced for committing a sexual offense during the commission of a burglary as well as for tying up/binding a person.
Between May 2005 and November 2006, Batten broke into the residences of two female strangers while wearing a mask. He raped an Irvine woman and sexually assaulted a woman who lived in Newport Beach.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. on May 20, 2005, Batten, then-23, wore a mask and broke into the Newport Beach residence of 40-year-old Jane Doe #1 while she was out. When the victim arrived home, the defendant attacked her and threw Jane Doe #1 to the ground. Batten forced the victim to her bedroom and duct taped her hands and mouth. He sexually assaulted Jane Doe #1’s breasts and vagina. Batten then punched the victim twice in the head and threatened the victim by stating he would come back and hurt her if she contacted police. Jane Doe #1 called 911 after Batten fled.
Newport Beach Police said Batten left DNA at the scene, which was processed by the Orange County Crime Laboratory (OCCL), and entered in the local DNA database.
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2006, Batten wore a dark mask and broke into the Irvine apartment of 21-year-old Jane Doe #2. While the victim was showering, the defendant waited outside the victim’s bathroom. After she got out of the shower, he threw the victim to the ground, tied her hands together and raped her. The DA said he sodomized the woman and raped her again.
Before leaving, he told the woman to get into the shower and not contact police.
Irvine Police officers said Batten left DNA at the scene. The samples were processed by OCCL and entered into the local DNA database. The DNA matched the DNA collected in the 2005 sexual assault.
Batten was linked to both crimes as a result of further investigation.
He was arrested July 21, 2011 while driving to Fletcher Jones, a car dealership in Newport Beach where he worked as a mechanic.