Man accused of sexual assault in SLO bathroom takes plea
September 9, 2015
Prosecutors have reached a plea agreement with a man who allegedly lured a developmentally disabled teen into a San Luis Obispo restroom and attempted to rape her. [Tribune]
Manuel Reyes Luevano, 48, allegedly forced the 17-year-old girl to perform oral sex while he trapped her inside a downtown bathroom last December. Luevano faced charges of forced oral copulation, kidnapping, sexual battery and false imprisonment.
But, prosecutors dropped those charges, and Luevano pleaded no contest to a single felony count of assault on a minor with intent to commit a felony. He still faces faces up to 23 years in prison.
Luevano must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole. His conviction carries two enhancements because he has two prior offenses, including one strike.
If Luevano is paroled, he will have to re-register as a sex offender.
On Dec. 28, the developmentally disabled girl became separated from her family while shopping in downtown San Luis Obispo. She approached Luevano and asked him for directions.
At the time, Luevano was sitting on a bench n the 1200 block of Morro Street. He then forced the teen into a public restroom aside the parking structure on Morro Street and locked the door, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
While in the bathroom, Luevano sexually assaulted the teen for several minutes before she managed to push him away and escape.
Luevano’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 19.