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July 1, 2014: “Spiritual Healer” Convicted in Norwalk Rape Case

Sarah Ardalani, Public Information Officer

A Victorville man who identified himself as a “spiritual healer” was convicted today of sexual assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Jose Romulo Felix, 42, pleaded no contest to rape and sexual battery by fraud before Judge Larry Knupp of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Norwalk.

The defendant is expected to be sentenced July 30 to nine years in state prison. Felix also will have to register as a sex offender for life.

Deputy District Attorney Heba Matta, who prosecuted the case, said Felix advertised in Spanish newspapers that he was a “spiritual healer” who could solve love issues for women.

On Jan. 15, 2013, a woman visited Felix at his makeshift office in Norwalk and was sexually assaulted, Matta said. The victim tried to fight back, but Felix forced himself on her, the prosecutor said.

Following the assault, the victim reported the attack and law enforcement began an investigation. Less than a month later, the defendant was arrested in connection with the crime.

The case was investigated by the Downey Police Department.