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Grants Pass man gets 8 years for sex crime, drug convictions

John Jake Rabe Cabeza II, 30, of the 200 block of Savage Creek Road, Grants Pass, was sentenced Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court to 96 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and he’ll be required to register as a sex offender.

Cabeza’s sentencing came after the pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse, second-degree attempted assault, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, unlawful manufacture of marijuana extract and three counts of tampering with a witness, according to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

In May 2019, Jackson County sheriff’s deputies were called to a local hospital to see the victim of a sexual assault that had occurred at Cabeza’s home.

“The victim reported she was sleeping at Cabeza’s house and woke up to him assaulting her and engaging in forcible sexual intercourse without her consent,” the D.A.’s office stated.

Cabeza was taken into custody the following day. When law enforcement searched his residence, they discovered a laboratory and chemicals for making meth.

Investigators also found an illegal marijuana growing operation as well as what was described as evidence of a butane honey oil marijuana extraction facility.

Cabeza had also attempted to tamper with witness statements and testimony, the D.A.’s office said.

A statement from a witness in the case, who was not identified, said, “The last three years have been hell, and the future years will take a lot of work to heal. I don't blame women for not coming forward; seeing it through to the end is the hardest thing I have done in all my life. I just hope that my courage in seeing it through will empower any other women who may feel too scared or ashamed to speak up for themselves.”

The witness thanked Jackson County Sheriff’s detectives Adam Lewis and Jill Wenzel, as well as Deputy District Attorney Virginia Greer for their efforts to see “that justice was served.”