Man Faces Life in Prison for "Prank" Sex Attack

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - A former Northern California high school student faces a maximum sentence of life in prison after being convicted for attempted rape and kidnapping of a teacher which he testified was a prank.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says Wednesday that it took a jury just 90 minutes to deliberate before returning guilty verdicts an all charges against 21-year-old David Velasquez including kidnapping with the intent to commit rape.

Wagstaffe says the convictions carry a possible life sentence for the ex- student at Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City.

Velasquez testified he was playing "a prank" when pointing a knife at the teacher and attacking her outside the school in January 2012. The attack ended when another teacher came upon the crime and screamed.

Velasquez remains in the San Mateo County jail on $1 million bail. He faces sentencing on Nov. 8.

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