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Marco Antonio Deanda Vargas Pleads No Contest to Rape at Santa Rosa Junior College

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A Santa Rosa man faces six years in prison when he is sentenced in March for the rape of a Santa Rosa Junior College Student last year. Marco Antonio Deanda-Vargas, 31, pleaded no contest in Sonoma County Superior Court on Friday to charges of rape and receiving stolen property. The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office will dismiss two other sexual assault charges as part of the plea agreement when Deanda-Vargas is sentenced March 14.

At a preliminary hearing, the victim, who was 23 at the time of the rape, said she knew Deanda-Vargas from an evening dance class. Deanda had keys to the Quinn Swim Center on campus, where the rape occurred after the class on March 15, according to Santa Rosa police. The prosecution said Deanda-Vargas told authorities he had the keys because he was a teacher’s aide.

Deputy Public Defender Joe Bisbiglia said Deanda Vargas was a student and was given some responsibilities of a teacher’s aide by the dance instructor but was not officially enrolled in the teacher’s aide program. Deanda-Vargas’ trial was about to start when he pleaded no contest to the charges Friday.

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