A Salinas man has entered surprise no-contest pleas to charges stemming from a 2011 sexual assault in Monterey County, according to the district attorney’s office. Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced Wednesday that the defendant, 46-year-old Carlos Rocha Chavez, entered the pleas on the second day of a jury trial for a sexual assault that occurred on Oct. 6, 2011.
The victim, a 42-year-old woman who is an acquaintance of the defendant, testified about the assault, which prosecutors said occurred after the defendant entered her home without permission wearing a mask. According to the district attorney’s office, the victim was sobbing during her testimony and the court took a recess to allow her time to compose herself.
Proceedings were halted when the defendant asked to plead no contest to felony charges of assault with intent to commit rape, residential burglary, assault with force likely to cause bodily injury and false imprisonment, according to the district attorney’s office. Judge Russell Scott is scheduled to sentence Chavez to nine years in prison on May 29.
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