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Merced Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault in Yosemite National Park

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — Ramonchito Racion, 52, of Merced, was sentenced today to seven years and one month in prison for one count of attempted sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to evidence presented at trial, Racion, who was working as a cook for a private company in Yosemite in the summer of 2019, sexually assaulted his roommate while the roommate was sleeping. Racion was found guilty by a federal jury after a six–day trial.

This case was the product of an investigation by the National Park Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael G. Tierney and Justin J. Gilio prosecuted the case.

Updated March 8, 2023

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