Tulare County man guilty of child rape

Jury convicts Charles Higgins for rape of child and other sexually related charges

PORTERVILLE – One Tulare County man is likely to live out the worst years of his life after being found guilty of multiple sexually related crimes on a minor.

Last week the Tulare County District Attorney’s office announced that a jury found, Charles Higgins, 45, guilty of forcible rape of a child victim age 14 years, attempted sodomy by use of force and three counts of lewd act upon a child age 14 years. The crimes occurred on or about March 23, 2019, against a single minor female victim.

Charles Higgins
45 years old

“As a father, my heart hurts when crimes like this happen in our community. Just reading the charges is shocking,” District Attorney Tim Ward said. “Once again, the sentence cannot, by law, match the egregiousness of the crime. Though we can all agree the sentencing laws are deficient, this office will seek the maximum punishment allowed.”

Sentencing is scheduled for May 17, 2021, at the South County Justice Center. Under current California sentencing laws and the age of the victim when the crimes were committed, Higgins faces over 17 years in state prison and sex offender registration.

The case was prosecuted by deputy district attorney Kelly Habroun of the Crimes against Children Division and was investigated by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.

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