Santa Maria Sun / News
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 29
Villalpando is ordered to pay restitution to one of his victims
BY AMY ASMAN
A Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge has ordered former St. Joseph High School student Shane Villalpando to pay more than $36,000 in restitution to one of his victims and her family.
A jury convicted Villalpando in July of three felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor. He was sentenced to one year in Santa Barbara County Jail and five years’ probation. He’ll have to register as a sex offender throughout the duration of his probation, as well as attend sex offender counseling and receive treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.
Judge Rick Brown ordered Villalpando to pay $36,821.17 in restitution to the following parties:
• The Victims Compensation and Government Claims Board will receive $16,095.17 to reimburse the board for counseling expenses paid on behalf of Delaney Henderson and her family. The Sun wrote about the case from Delaney’s perspective in a July cover story called “Start by believing.”
• The Hendersons will also receive $10,180 for costs related to relocating Delaney out of the area, as well as $10,026 for lost wages suffered by Delaney’s parents and an additional $520 in counseling expenses.
Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Karapetian told the Sun in an e-mail that the court has the right to order additional restitution during the five years that Villalpando is on probation.
“The restitution ordered by Judge Brown will not erase the emotional trauma that the defendant has caused Jane Doe #2 and her family,” Karapetian said in the e-mail. “But, it will provide some measure of compensation for the financial damage they have suffered over the past two years.”