Atascadero man will face trial for sexual assault, friend on the run

August 31, 2023

Nate Abate


A judge ruled on Tuesday that there is enough evidence to try an Atascadero businessman for five rape and sexual assault charges while his friend remains on the run.

After listening to testimony describing the rapes and sexual assaults of three woman, two of whom were 14 years old at the time, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Mike Frye ruled there is substantial evidence for Nate Abate to go to trial. Judge Frye set Abate’s arraignment for Sept. 7.

Prosecutors have charged Abate, 35, with two counts of rape by force, two counts of rape of an intoxicated person and one count of oral copulation with a minor.

Last year, more than 30 women came forward on social media with allegations of sexual assaults against Julian Contreras, the owner of Kin Coffee Bar in San Luis Obispo, and Abate, the owner of Nate’s Barber in Atascadero. Abate then changed the name of his business to Cardinal Barbershop.

Contreras initially handed management of his coffee shop over to his girlfriend, then to his mother who changed the name to Glo Coffee Co. After law enforcement secured arrest warrants for the two alleged rapists, Contreras allegedly fled to Mexico.

Julian Contreras

Judge Frye is allowing evidence of previous sexual assaults to be included in the current case.

Last year, the victim in a 2009 arrest for statutory rape told CalCoastNews her story of alleged sexual molestation by Contreras and Abate. CalCoastNews is referring to the victim as BB to protect her privacy.

While still in middle school, at age 13, BB first met the two high school graduates at a party at Contreras’ parents’ home in Santa Margarita. She then began hanging out with the two adult men.

After plying her with alcohol and marijuana, Contreras and Abate would have consensual sex with the teen, she said. At that time, the sex was consensual, BB said.

While in Contreras’ home in Santa Margarita in 2009, the teen said Abate sexually assaulted her, while Contreras was in the same room.

When she arrived home, BB’s mother encouraged her to go to the hospital for a rape test. The test found DNA, and law enforcement mounted an investigation.

At the time, BB refused to talk with prosecutors or testify.

In 2012, prosecutors dropped the charges of statutory rape and digital penetration in exchange for a plea deal. Abate pled to false imprisonment, according to court records.

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Some time ago, SLO Cops Magana and Perlette battered, tortured, tazed, hogtied, arrested, and charged the wrong man. I may be wrong, but I think the friend here is who the cops were really looking for. His friend looks a little like the victim in the assault by cops incident. You can see that victim in

What do you think?

Good video . What did the man do ?

Absolutely nothing. He was the wrong guy. They were looking for someone else. They just stopped him, and when he wouldn’t give his name (which he is entitled to decline to do), they just started beating on him.

it Is such a tragedy that girls like BB never had a chance.

Come on people . Wake up . They will receive 12 years in prison , but only serve ”less then 3 ”. Thanks to Liberal Lawyers .California can’t afford the cost of incarceration Soon it will be ” Were giving you one more chance ”. VOTE BLUE.

Sick individuals.

They should add an additional penalty to Contreras charges for him fleeing from justice.