Man sentenced for attempted rape at College of Idaho

Statesman staffAugust 27, 2013 

An international student from Ecuador was sentenced to prison on Monday for felony attempted rape after a crime he committed this past February at the College of Idaho, Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor announced.

Judge George A. Southworth sentenced Diego Gomez-Puetate, 23, to 18 months, or up to 7 1/2 years, in prison. The state had requested three years, or up to 15 years, in prison. Gomez-Puetate was also ordered to register as a sex offender, pay the victim a $5,000 civil penalty and have no contact with the victim.

According to information provided by the prosecutor's office:

Gomez-Puetate and the victim were both international students at C of I and were attending a party at the International House on campus on Feb. 7. The victim became extremely intoxicated and passed out in a friend’s bed. GomezPuetate was found in the bedroom between the legs of the victim, who was unconscious.

Gomez-Puetate told police the victim had consented to the activity.

“Unfortunately these types of crimes happen all too often and go unreported," Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Erica Kallin said. "The victim, as well as her friend who witnessed the crime, demonstrated tremendous courage in coming forward and reporting this crime. Mr. Gomez-Puetate was held accountable for his criminal choices.”

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