A Sonoma County jury convicted a Sebastopol man Thursday of sexually assaulting a pregnant woman near his home two years ago. The jury deliberated for 45 minutes before convicting Odalis Solano-Rosario, 29, of sexually assaulting the 37-weeks-pregnant woman and kidnapping her with intent to commit the assault, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.
The victim arrived home with her two boys ages 3 and 6 in the back seat of her vehicle around 2 p.m. on Nov. 16, 2009, Ravitch said. As she was getting ready to remove her children from the car in the long driveway to her home, Solano-Rosario shoved and dragged her toward a fence line with hedges and tall grass out of the view of neighbors and a common driveway, Ravitch said. Solano-Rosario sexually assaulted the woman within 20 feet of her children, but neighbors heard her screams for help, Ravitch said.
Several neighbors interrupted the assault and confronted Solano-Rosario who pulled a knife on one of the neighbors before fleeing, Ravitch said. Neighbors recognized Solano-Rosario as someone who lived in the area, and he was arrested by sheriff’s deputies the next day hiding under his residence, Ravitch said. Solano-Rosales’ mental competence was in question within months of his arrest.
Criminal proceedings were suspended in April 2010 and a series of doctors subsequently conducted mental health evaluations. Criminal proceedings were reinstated in April and Solano-Rosales was held to answer to the charges after a preliminary hearing. Proceedings were suspended again in September when two more doctors examined Solano-Rosales. They were reinstated again on Oct. 5 and his trial began Oct. 7.Solano-Rosario faces 25 years to life when he is sentenced Dec. 29 by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Robert LaForge, Ravitch said.
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