Man accused in La Jolla sexual assault case faces 8 years in prison if convicted

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man who sexually assaulted a woman on a La Jolla street nine months ago was convicted Thursday of sexual penetration by force and a misdemeanor count of resisting officers.

Marco Villasenor, 25, faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 9.

The victim testified that Villasenor forced her to cheat on her boyfriend in the March 2 attack.

"He (the defendant) forced me to have sexual relations with another man,” the victim testified. "I would never do anything like that. It’s not normally how I like to make love.”

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, testified she was feeling frantic and terrified and kept checking behind her as she walked to her car about 9 p.m. in the 7700 block of Exchange Place.

She testified that her attacker assaulted her and jabbed his fingers into her genital area with such force that it lifted her off the ground.

After the assault, the victim asked a police officer, "Why do there have to be such terrible people in the world?” she testified.

As police looked for her attacker, the officer responded, "I hope we can punish him as hard as we can,” Jane Doe said.

The assailant fled after the 25-year-old victim fought back and screamed, according to San Diego police Lt. Paul Phillips. The woman made a 911 call to report the crime, and officers took Villasenor into custody a short time later on nearby Fay Avenue. The victim identified Villasenor as her attacker, the lieutenant said.

The officer who stopped Villasenor turned on a body-worn camera and recorded the event, said Deputy District Attorney Judy Taschner.

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