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John Kannon Convicted of Attempting to Rape Woman at Her Berkeley Home

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A 37-year-old man has been convicted of attempting to rape and assaulting with the intent to commit the rape of an unconscious woman he met at a nightclub in Berkeley last year. An Alameda County Superior Court jury pronounced its verdict against John Kannon on Thursday. Prosecutors said the woman met Kannon on May 9, 2014, when she was out with her roommates at a concert at the Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center in Berkeley.

After the concert, several people, including Kannon, who was invited by a mutual friend, came back to the victim’s home in Berkeley, prosecutors said. However, the woman went to bed earlier than the rest of the group because she was tired and intoxicated, according to prosecutors.

After the woman had been sleeping for some time, Kannon entered her room and began to grope her, prosecutors said. When she would wake up and say “no,” Kannon would stop, only to start again a little while later, according to the district attorney’s office. Kannon eventually pulled the woman’s pants down and the woman woke up to Kannon attempting to penetrate her, prosecutors said. Kannon was arrested in Oakland on July 18, more than two months after the incident. Kannon is scheduled to be sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Trina Thompson on April 17.

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