A man from Lake Elsinore, California is in police custody after a woman reported a sexual assault, which allegedly occurred last Friday night (June 6).
A Riverside County Sheriff's official said that the suspect was arrested near Main Street and Limited Avenue a day after the alleged attack. The suspect was subsequently booked after his arrest into the Riverside County Jail Saturday night (June 7th). Riverside County sheriff's deputies are investigating Corral on several charges, including forcible sodomy.
The Sheriff's official told The Press Enterprise in a statement that his bureau's investigation began around 9:20 p.m. on June 6 th when a 59-year-old female made a police report claiming she was sexually assaulted around that time.
The attacker allegedly fled on foot. The suspect was arrested after officers said he matched a description given by the woman. According to jail records taken on June 8th, the suspect was still incarcerated in the Riverside County Jail on a $55,000 bond.
California Sexual Assault Law
Sexual assault is a general legal term, which describes a wide range of crimes. Crimes such as rape, child molestation, oral copulation, lewd acts on a child and sodomy are considered to be forms of sexual assault. In the state of California, a single count of sexual assault is classified as a serious felony under the state's Three Strikes Law. Such a count will lead to substantial prison time and a requirement for life-time registration as a sex offender.
A sexual assault case that includes what prosecutors call "special circumstances," (such as kidnapping, burglary, or robbery) is even more serious. In California, convictions on charges of sexual assault with special circumstances may lead to a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
If a person is charged with crimes similar to the defendants' charges in the case described above, they will need the help of an experienced criminal defense team to help them effectively deal with their case.
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