Man gets 23 years for sexual assault in SLO bathroom
October 20, 2015
A 49-year-old man received a 23-year prison sentence Monday for an incident in which he lured a developmentally disabled teen into a San Luis Obispo bathroom and attempted to rape her. [Tribune]
Manuel Reyes Luevano faced charges of forced oral copulation, kidnapping, sexual battery and false imprisonment. But, Luevano reached a deal with prosecutors in which he pleaded no contest to a single felony count of assault on a minor with intent to commit a felony.
Still, Luevano’s conviction carried two enhancements because he had two prior felonies, including one strike. His criminal history dates back to the 1980s and includes arrests for sexual and domestic battery, as well as attempted robbery, theft and vandalism.
On Dec. 28, 2014, a developmentally disabled girl became separated from her family while shopping in downtown San Luis Obispo. She approached Luevano and asked for directions.
At the time, Luevano was sitting on a bench in 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, according to police.
Luevano received the maximum sentence for his conviction. He must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
If he is paroled, Luevano will have to re-register as a sex offender.
In a June letter to San Luis Obispo Judge Donald Umhofer, Luevano stated the proposed sentence was too harsh. The girl did not have the right to follow him into a public bathroom while she was sexually harassing him, Luevano wrote.
The victim and several of her family members, too, wrote letters. They were read in court as victim impact statements.
Additionally, several bikers sat in the courtroom Monday to support the victim. The motorcyclists were members of the organization Bikers Against Child Abuse.