SIMI VALLEY : Man Gets 70 Years in Sexual Assault

A 23-year-old Simi Valley man was sentenced to 70 years in state prison Thursday for sexually assaulting a Simi Valley woman he met in a bar.

Barry Allan Bausman showed no emotion as Judge Charles W. Campbell Jr. imposed consecutive sentences after Bausman's conviction last month on 11 separate charges in Ventura County Superior Court.

"I thought it was high for the person involved, but I have no really strong disagreement with the court because it's well within the sentencing guidelines," said Deputy Public Defender Gary Windom, who represented Bausman. "He could have gotten 134 years."

Bausman was convicted on 11 counts, including rape, sodomy, penetration with a foreign object and oral copulation.

He was accused of assaulting a 30-year-old Simi Valley woman he met at a local nightspot after she agreed to go to his motel room last Sept. 12, Windom said. After mutual foreplay, the victim told Bausman to stop, but he brandished a knife and threatened her, according to testimony at the trial.

Windom said the case amounted to his client's word against the victim's.

"It came down to the matter of credibility," the defense lawyer said. Jurors "felt his story was less credible."

Deputy Dist. Atty. Carol J. Nelson, who prosecuted the case, was not available for comment Thursday.

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