Two California teens have been convicted of kidnapping and raping two teen girls in a park.
On September 3, 2011, 17-year-old Leonel Contreras and his co-defendant, William Steven Rodriguez, attacked two teen girls sitting in a Rancho Penasquitos park. The girls were dragged to a dark grassy area, held at knifepoint and raped. The attack ended when a parent of one of the girls went looking for her and began calling her name.
During the trial, Contreras’ lawyer claimed his client was not involved in the attack and that Rodriguez was with someone else when he attacked the girls. He also claims Contreras was coerced into giving a false confession.
However, after being caught, Contreras reportedly said he and Rodriguez had initially intended to rob someone, but changed their mind when they saw the girls sit against a tree in the park.
In the end, a jury convicted Contreras of 21 counts, which included kidnapping, conspiracy, forcible rape and sodomy. The unidentified victims were 15 and 16 years old. At least one of the girls was a virgin at the time of the attack.
Contreras now faces sentencing on December 5 by Judge Peter Deddeh.
On Monday, a separate jury convicted Rodriguez of rape, forced oral copulation, sodomy and other charges.