A San Diego resident convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old mentally disabled girl was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Imshay Segrest was arrested in February after the victim’s father found him in her room. The victim was fighting Segrest off.
Segrest was convicted of a forcible lewd act on a child in the January sexual assault of the girl, who has the mental capacity of an 8- or 9-year-old. Following the attack, the girl’s father confronted Segrest, who fled, San Diego police said.
Segrest’s attorney, Charles Luckman, argued Friday that Segrest was under the influence of drugs and alcohol during the incident and didn’t know who he was with.
Patricia Segrest asked the judge for mercy on her son, saying he had a 1-year-old baby and four other daughters who will grow up without a father.
“He made a mistake,” she said. “I do believe in second chances.”
The judge decided to impose the maximum sentence, saying Segrest made many excuses for his actions, which left the victim with long-lasting trauma.
“Segrest never really accepted responsibility for his actions,” Meza said. Sign On San Diego, 7 Oct 2011.
This is not Segrest’s first run in with officials. He has been previously convicted and imprisoned for two separate charges of evading a police officer, reckless driving, and a drug conviction.