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Man accused of sexual assault, burglary taken into custody

A man in California has been accused of committing sex crimes on multiple occasions. The incidents began on the first of August. The man accused of sexual assault is now in police custody.

The man, 34, reportedly went from door to door in search of unlocked houses. Authorities said he then committed many home invasions and attempted attacks/rapes. Police said the man was caught after he broke his leg while trying to run and jump over fences in an effort to escape police.

The man faces a charge of assault to commit the crime of rape while committing a burglary (one count). He has also been charged with first-degree burglary (six counts) and second-degree burglary (one count). Officials said surveillance video caught him on a minimum of eight occasions in the month of August, and he is said to have tried to commit sexual acts with at least a couple of his victims.

A person facing sexual assault charges has the right to proceed to trial if he or she believes this to be in his or her best interests. At trial, the prosecution has to prove the charges by appropriate evidence before a criminal conviction can happen. In some cases, a defendant may seek negotiations for a plea deal instead of going to trial, which may lead to reduced charges or a lighter sentence from the California court than what would have been handed down following a guilty finding at trial. Defense counsel will pursue as positive of an outcome as possible for the accused while also ensuring that all of his or her applicable rights are upheld during all stages of the criminal justice proceedings.

Source: scpr.org, "Home-invasion/sexual assault suspect arrested by LAPD", Aug. 18, 2016

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