On August 19, 2019, Harold Cruz Jojo Villaresis (born 1977) was found guilty of sexual assault that occurred on May 2018 in Victoria, BC. He was tried in Victoria, with his initial appearance taking place on November 16, 2018.
He has been found guilty under section 271 of the Criminal Code, for sexual assault. It carries a maximum sentence of 10 years (or 14, if the victim was under 16 years of age).
Villaresis is scheduled for sentencing on October 21, 2019, at the Victoria Law Courts (850 Burdett Avenue, room 104 at 9:30, this is subject to change). He is currently not in custody.
Jojo Villaresis previously owned Mai Mai’s in Sooke, which according to the Better Business Bureau has been operating since the fall of 2014 under the management of Jo-Jo Villaresis. The business was recently sold (see the tweet below from SookeTown) and has since been renamed “The Beach.”
According to statistics on criminal justice outcomes on sexual assaults available from Stats Canada, less than half (43%) of reported sexual assaults result in charges being laid.
“Put simply, these include sexual assaults charged by police that remained sexual assault charges once they proceeded to court, representing 40% of all sexual assaults that went to court. Note One‑quarter (24%) of these sexual assault charges were convicted.” (Ref: StatsCan link.)
Sexual assaults are considered to be underreported.
Mai-Mai’s Bistro in downtown Sooke has sold!
As of April 1st the popular sushi and southeast Asian cuisine restaurant on Sooke Road at Townsend Road will be operated under new ownership.
— SookeTown (@SookeTown) March 24, 2019
Read a profile featuring Villaresis here.
The Court file number is 175143, and you can search for updates to this on the Court’s publicly available online database.