Homeless man sentenced to 100 years to life for rape in Ocean Park

By supervisory staff

April 8, 2022 — A homeless man convicted of raping a Santa Monica woman at her Ocean Park apartment in 2018 was sentenced Friday to 100 years to life in prison.

Dylan James Jensen, 44, was convicted on December 7 of seven counts, including rape, sexual assault, sodomy, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon during the June 4, 2018, early morning attack.

Jensen entered the victim’s apartment in the 2900 block of 4th Street shortly before 6 a.m. and raped her in her bed.

Police say Jensen entered through an unlocked sliding door from an elevated patio, took a knife from the kitchen, and entered the victim’s bedroom while she was asleep.

The victim woke up and Jensen forced himself on her and sexually assaulted her, police said. He then flees.

The victim, who was in his late 60s, called 911 and responding officers found Jensen near Third Street and Ashland Avenue, police said.

The victim identified Jensen as her attacker and he was arrested, police said. He was held on $1.59 million bond.

At trial, a Los Angeles County psychiatrist testified that she treated Jensen for his methamphetamine addiction and depression.

According to arrest records, Jensen was previously arrested for possession of a controlled substance in 2013 and 2015 and for resisting and obstructing arrest in 2017.

On March 29, a jury found that Jenson was “legally sane” when he committed the crimes, according to a report in Westside Current.

The victim told Jensen that “she would rather be raped than murdered
— so she asked him to put the knife down,” prosecutors said, according to the report.

“He did. He agreed – he knew what he was doing.”

During the eight-month trial, the defense argued that Jensen had a dual diagnosis of methamphetamine-induced psychosis and schizoaffective disorder that needed to be treated, the site reported.

The defense also argued that Jensen did not receive continuity of care while homeless, the site reported.

Jensen must also register as a sex offender and pay compensation.

Harold B. McConnell