VAN NUYS –A Van Nuys jury today convicted a 25-year-old Reseda man of sexually assaulting five teen girls, including the attempted rape of one girl on a San Fernando Valley school campus three years ago, the District Attorney’s office announced.
Deputy District Attorney Pamela Revel said jurors deliberated about two hours before finding Jose Perez guilty of attacking four girls between the ages of 13 to 18 over a one-year period, between March 19, 2009, and April 28, 2010.
He was convicted of nine felony counts, including attempted forcible rape, three counts of attempted kidnapping, five counts of assault with intent to commit a felony, and one misdemeanor assault charge.
The jury found Perez guilty of the March 19, 2009, attempted rape of a female student at the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies campus. The victim, who was 15 at the time, managed to fight off her attacker after he dragged her into some bushes, Revel said. But Perez beat the girl so badly that he fractured her left eye socket. The jury found the special allegation of causing great bodily injury as to that victim to be true.
Perez was arrested on April 28, 2010, after he forced an 18-year-old girl into his car in an alley in the West Valley near her house. She managed to escape after her uncle witnessed the assault and ran to help her. The uncle got a partial license plate and LAPD arrested Perez later that day.
He is facing up to life in prison when he returns June 13 for sentencing by Judge Michael Kellogg.
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