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Tehama County D.A. Says Plea Deal Is Too Lenient In Rape Case

The Tehama County District Attorney’s Office has been getting some flack about a plea deal a Red Bluff man got after sexually assaulting multiple women. 42-year-old Ronald David Cook was arrested by Red Bluff Police on April 28th of last year. A 28-year-old woman was walking on Jackson Street when Cook forced her into his car. She refused his repeated sexual advances and he eventually strangled her and raped her in the car before she was able to get away and run to a nearby apartment complex. Police were called but she was too upset to tell them what happened. Officers were later called to Saint Elizabeth Hospital, where she made a report. Cook was arrested a few days later. There were at least two other victims who reported being threatened and raped by Cook. At least one was told that she would be killed if she came forward. Cook was sentenced to 2 years in state prison after pleading guilty to criminal threats and two counts of false imprisonment. D.A. Matthew Rogers told the Red Bluff Daily News that he agrees the negotiated sentence is far too lenient, but he says one of the victims was unable to testify after being declared incompetent in a different case. Another victim refused to provide testimony in court despite the initial police report.