September 22, 2005: Headlines: COS - Malawi: Crime: Daily Nexus: Former UCSB student Kent Kafatia was found guilty of a felony in July for forcible rape

Peace Corps Online: Directory: Malawi: Peace Corps Malawi : The Peace Corps in Malawi: November 23, 2004: Headlines: COS - Malawi: Crime: Daily Nexus: Kent Kafatia faces two counts of rape and one count of burglary. Friends of Kent, a charity formed by Santa Barbara residents who were former Peace Corps volunteers in Africa, was financing Kafatia’s education. : September 22, 2005: Headlines: COS - Malawi: Crime: Daily Nexus: Former UCSB student Kent Kafatia was found guilty of a felony in July for forcible rape

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Former UCSB student Kent Kafatia was found guilty of a felony in July for forcible rape

Former UCSB student Kent Kafatia was found guilty of a felony in July for forcible rape

Kafatia has had strong support from a group of former Peace Corps volunteers who had served in his native Malawi, Africa. Calling themselves "Friends of Kent," they had raised money for Kafatia's education. They first met Kafatia while he was a student at SBCC and were greatly impressed with him and his dreams of pursuing an education and returning to Malawi to help his people. Several members of the group attended the trial daily, saying that they have been with Kafatia "since the beginning."

Former UCSB student Kent Kafatia was found guilty of a felony in July for forcible rape

Kent Kafatia:

Former UCSB student Kent Kafatia was found guilty of a felony in July for the forcible rape of a 22-year-old woman and was also found guilty of a misdemeanor for false imprisonment of a 21-year-old woman, said Mary Barron, district attorney for the case. Kafatia was sentenced to eight years in prison - the maximum possible sentence for a forcible rape.

Kafatia was originally charged with two felony counts of false imprisonment, one felony count of sexual battery and two felony counts of criminal threats. He was also charged with one felony count of assault with attempt to commit rape, one felony count of forcible rape and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. Although he was initially charged with eight counts, the jury was hung on six of the charges because some members believed there was insufficient evidence to convict. Barron said she decided not to re-try the dropped charges because of the potential psychological strain on the victims.

Santa Barbara Police arrested Kafatia, a native of Malawi, on Nov. 14, 2004 for allegedly raping a 20-year-old woman earlier that month and also for the alleged rape of a 22-year-old woman in December 2003. He was also accused of forcibly detaining a 21-year-old woman in October 2004 at Santa Barbara City College. A 51-year-old woman came forward as well and accused Kafatia of raping her while she was intoxicated, but the original prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Joyce Dudley, dropped the charges.

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