Cuauhtemoc Perez, 27, was arrested on June 14 for the attempted sexual assault of a woman in Beverly Hills. The alleged attempted assault took place near the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard on April 22 at around 3:45 a.m. According to the police, a man was seen on surveillance video riding on a bicycle and following the woman as she walked down the road. The man then grabbed the woman from behind and dragged her into an isolated area where he attempted to sexually assault her. The man on the video then fled on his bicycle from the scene.
After requesting the public’s help for months, an anonymous tip directed the investigation towards Perez, and he was arrested by Los Angeles police. Perez has been charged with a multitude of crimes stemming from the event, including assault to commit rape, kidnapping to commit rape, and assault by force likely to produce great bodily injury. He is being held in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.
Under California Penal Code Section 220, any person who assaults another with the intention to commit rape will be punished with a prison term of two, four, or six years. When charged with an assault to commit rape, it means that the person is accused of every element of a rape except the sexual act. The prosecution must prove that a person accused of an assault to commit rape attempted to commit a sexual act, that there was no consent from the other person, and that a use of force occurred during the attempt. An experienced criminal defense attorney can provide the best possible arguments against this type of charge.
In addition to facing a prison sentence, if a person is convicted of a sex offense, he or she must also register as a sex offender in California. This is true even if the charge was only for an attempt of a sexual offense. Registering as a sex offender has the potential to affect someone for the rest of his or her life. California has a three-tier sex offender registry system, with different crimes requiring either 10 years, 20 years, or a lifetime on the sex offender registry. For crimes relating to rape, a person is typically required to register as a sex offender for life. This has the potential to affect where you can live, your employment, destroy your reputation personally and professionally, and permanently affect your family’s lives, as well.
If you or a loved one has been accused of attempted sexual assault or an assault to commit rape, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. At the Law Office of Bradley S. Sandler, we provide the most zealous defense for all our clients accused of a crime and are with you for every step of the process. Email Bradley@sandlerlawfirm.com or call 310-246-3900 to set up a consultation today.