Elsinore Man Pleads Guilty To Rape Of Deaf Teen

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - A Riverside County man has pleaded guilty to the rape of a 16-year-old deaf girl who had hitched a ride with him.

Thirty-nine-year-old Marcos Esteban Ortega of Lake Elsinore entered the plea on a single count of sexual assault Monday as part of a deal with prosecutors. He'll be sentenced to six years in prison later this month.

The teen reported the assault, telling police Ortega picked her up April 12 at a Corona gas station and offered to drive her to the San Diego area to see her friends.

Instead, she said he stopped at a convenience store, then took
her to a parking lot where he raped her.

Ortega was arrested in early May in Bell Gardens.
Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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