SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A man was convicted Wednesday of rape in a cold case from 2001 in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, according to the district attorney’s office.

Delfino Balinton was convicted of rape, forced oral copulation, and other sexual assault charges related to a July 21, 2001 attack on a 16-year-old girl who was visiting from Montana when she was dragged into an alley and attacked, prosecutors said.

“It took tremendous courage for this victim to return to San Francisco and take the stand in this case,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. “Her bravery is an inspiration to all victims and members of law enforcement.”

The jury found Balinton guilty of the majority of the charges on Tuesday and found him guilty on a remainder of the counts on Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office.

The Police Department’s cold hit unit cracked the case.

Balinton is scheduled to be sentenced on May 13. He faces a prison term of more than 50 years to life, according to the district attorney’s office.

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Comments (7)
  1. David Dionisio says:

    Its a GREAT and Very Good decision, we know JUSTICE will prevail, Thank you !!

  2. McD says:

    Juistice will be served when we see him dangling from a rope……worthless maggot…..ruined a young ladies life and now we support him for the rest of his life……..get a rope

  3. Trudy Sanders says:

    Hang him high, let him swing….

  4. tn says:

    Rather, hang him by his you-know-what. And then, let him swing.

  5. GJK says:

    50 plus years is way too extreme. For states that don’t practice the death penalty, this kind of sentence would be handed down if he killed her. But he didn’t, and contrary to modern psycho-nonsense she is not ruined for life. Furthermore, some sick individuals will kill their victims in the future to ensure they won’t testify. In other words, extreme punishments like this will encourage murder.

    1. Phil says:

      Are you serious??

      1. Sam Mallory says:

        actually he is serious and he makes sense. You are the type that cry when the proection failed to convict Casey Anthony. We as Americans have already determined Rape is not as bad as Murder and if you disagree your wrong. Many murderers get less then 20 years and this just shows the lapse in the court system and the punishment these fools receive. 50 years is to long because we have to pay for it and it does not rehabilitate. Kill him nuff said.