Following an 11-month investigation and trial, 33-year-old Frederick Dozier was sentenced today to 373 years in prison for sexually assaulting three women in separate incidents along the Mission District’s 24th Street corridor last year. Dozier was convicted on 25 counts, including rape, sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery and forced oral copulation.
The gallery was hushed when presiding Superior Court Judge Anne Christine Massullo read the sentence, pausing to look at Dozier when she announced the number of years.
The judge also expressed respect for Dozier’s three victims, two of whom were present in the courtroom.
“I have avoided using the term victim,” she told the court, “because you are not victims, you are survivors. You are more than survivors, you are heroines.”
Before the sentence was read, one of the three victims — who were not named throughout the trial — read her impact statement in between tears.
“On June 18, I was raped,” the 22-year-old stated. “I was certain I was dead inside.”
The victim explained that the day she was raped, her nephew was born. She said that he is “a constant reminder of that day.”
She told the court and Dozier, who was clad in jailhouse orange pants and a sweatshirt, that the rape and subsequent emotional trauma affected her so greatly that she could not work and failed in school.
“To this day, I continue to redefine myself,” she said.
“Because of you, for the first time in my life I am terrified of the dark,” she told Dozier. “It’s not fair … I will never forget the face of the man that destroyed me.”
The second victim’s statement, read by a friend, described the financial and emotional toll that Dozier’s attack inflicted on her. During the assault in November of last year, Dozier choked the victim so forcefully that all the capillaries in her eyes burst.
“I now have to live with pain every day,” the victim’s friend read to the court. “I suffer from anxiety and depression … This assault has affected … my whole life.”
Dozier’s first attack took place at 2:50 a.m. on June 17, 2011, on 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. He grabbed the victim and put his hand over her mouth, telling her not to scream, then dragged her to a nearby driveway, where he sexually assaulted and robbed her before running away, according to the investigation.
At 4 a.m. on Nov. 18, at 24th and Potrero streets, Dozier grabbed, choked and punched another victim, robbing her and twisting her neck. After sexually assaulting her, he hit her with a blunt object and fled.
The final assault occurred at 6:20 a.m. on Dec. 8, at 24th and Fair Oaks streets. Dozier approached a woman and choked her unconscious after she tried to get away. The victim woke to find Dozier sexually assaulting her. He was found guilty of punching her, pushing her face against the concrete sidewalk and running away with her purse.
“This individual was a monster,” said District Attorney George Gascón, who was present to hear the sentencing. “Justice was served.”
Judge Massullo choked up after thanking the women for coming forward with their stories. She told the court that the one mitigating factor — that Dozier had no prior criminal history — did not outweigh “the horror, the sophistication, the extreme violence” of the crimes committed, and sentenced him to the fullest extent of the law.
One month ago, on Nov. 13, a jury declared Dozier guilty on 25 counts. He was found not guilty on one count of attempted murder.
When the final sentence was read, a woman in Dozier’s party blurted out, “Wow,” and left the courtroom.
“See you, Fred. Love you,” she said as she exited, crying.
Dozier was also sentenced to pay $256,550 in victim restitution and court fines. He was promptly handcuffed and taken from the courtroom.
“See y’all,” he said to no one in particular.