Jeffrey S. Rosell


Jeffrey Rosell has been a prosecutor for over 20 years and has worked in the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office since 1994. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 1984, and earned his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1988.

He became chief deputy of trial operations in January 2009 and has prosecuted high profile jury trials for murder, child molestation, adult sexual assaults and gang crimes. He also supervised the sexual assault, special prosecution, and general felony units in the office.

Jeffrey Rosell is a committed prosecutor and passionate advocate for victims as they face the challenges navigating the criminal justice system.  


Tri-County Real Estate Fraud Advisory Team Formed

The District Attorneys' Offices of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties are working collaboratively to form a Real Estate Fraud Advisory Team ("REFAT"). Team members will consist of agents, lenders, brokers, escrow companies, title companies, notaries public, etc., all sharing common interests such as protecting the integrity of their respective professions and avoiding, eliminating, and reporting potential fraudulent real estate transactions. Alameda, Kern and Ventura Counties have formed advisory teams that have been helpful in addressing fraud issues. The team will work to identify warning signs and to educate and inform the public of existing and potential new real estate scams.

Charges Filed in Case Involving Victim Madyson Middleton

District Attorney Jeffrey S. Rosell announced that charges have been filed against Adrian Jerry Gonzalez for the sexual assault and murder of 8 year old Madyson "Maddy" Middleton.

The District Attorney's Office released the following statement concerning the case:

During these tragic times, our thoughts and prayers are with Madyson Middleton, her family, her friends and the entire Santa Cruz community. Thanks to the cooperation between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as citizens of the community, this case was solved in just over 24 hours. Under the leadership of Kevin Vogel, the Santa Cruz Police Department worked tirelessly alongside the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office to search for and locate Maddy. Unfortunately the search ended in the worst way imaginable. Adrian Jerry Gonzalez has been charged as an adult with murder, rape, and other sexual assault-related offenses. Based on these charges, Gonzalez faces life in prison if convicted. The law prohibits the release of facts and circumstances of the case. These will be made available during the course of legal proceedings.

The official charging document is available via Santa Cruz Superior Court at (831) 420-2200. 


Downtown Accountability Program (DAP) Dedication Ceremony

Jeffrey Rosell, DAP Dedication 2014Launched in the spring of 2014, the Downtown Accountability Program is a partnership of City, County and non-profits agencies that works to improve the quality of life for chronic offenders through court accountability and treatment. Program leaders and supporting elected officials will present the outcomes of the first year of the program and honor the late Bob Lee, former Santa Cruz County District Attorney, who was instrumental in the program's development.





"To promote and ensure public safety through ethical and just prosecution"

The District Attorney represents the People of the State of California in all criminal prosecutions in Santa Cruz County. The Office is responsible for filing criminal charges, appearing in court in all felony and misdemeanor cases, and representing the People in all trials and sentencing proceedings in the Superior Court of Santa Cruz.



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Veteran's Treatment Program

District Attorney Jeffrey S. Rosell is pleased to announce the start of the Veteran's Treatment Program. The program is a collaborative effort including the Santa Cruz Superior Court, the Public Defender, the Veteran's Affairs office, the Santa Cruz County Probation Department, and local volunteers who mentor veterans facing criminal charges.

The program applies to all military veterans who are facing criminal charges in Santa Cruz County courts, regardless of their length of service, whether they served in combat, or their discharge characterization, said Baum. Veterans who choose to participate can "earn" dismissal of minor charges, or reduced charges in more serious cases, by participating in therapy, completing substance abuse, anger management or post-traumatic stress disorder programs, and performing community service. "While the primary goal of our office is always public safety," said District Attorney Rosell, "at the same time, we are looking for intelligent alternatives to custody that still protect the public and help our veterans heal."

Additionally, volunteer mentors will be available to help the veterans through this process, by giving them rides to programs or court dates, helping them obtain housing or medical assistance through the Veteran's Administration, or just being there to listen. The volunteers were recruited and trained by Stoney Brook, a retired Inspector from the District Attorney's Office and a Vietnam veteran.

About half of all California counties have specialized veteran's courts. "Three veterans have already begun their participation here in Santa Cruz, and those numbers are expected to grow as the program formally gets under way," said Rosell.


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