Former Chico State student accused of "bizarre and twisted" crimes

Apr 2, 2015 6:00 PM by News Staff

A former Chico State student plead not guilty Thursday to a multitude of charges in what prosecutors are calling a bizarre and twisted series of crimes involving rape, vandalism, computer hacking, attempted extortion, and burglary.

After several months of investigations, Daniel Deluna-Martinez, 27, of Hamilton City, was arrested at his home on March 17.

According to District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Deluna-Martinez came to the attention of authorities when the Chico State University accounts of several of his past roommates were hacked by a computer traced to Deluna-Martinez's parents' home in Hamilton City.

While accessing the CSUC accounts, he allegedly dropped one of the victims' classes, and opened fraudulent credit card accounts with the information of others. The hacking eventually reached all the way out to several of the parents' bank accounts.

One of the hacking victims told investigators Deluna-Martinez downloaded nude photos of her and threatened to put them online, unless she sent him more nude photos.

The case took a disturbing turn when investigators seized Deluna-Martinez's computers the day he was arrested.

An initial review of Deluna-Martinez's computers revealed videos of him engaging in sexual acts with at least one unconscious woman, while other videos showed him urinating on the bedding and underwear of former female roommates.

Deluna-Martinez's alleged crimes affected at least 10 of his former roommates and their friends and families for nearly two years.

Prosecutors have charged him with 15 felonies, and charges related to the alleged sexual assaults are pending. He is being held in the Butte County Jail on $1 million bail.


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