|For Immediate Release
Case #09CF1318October 5, 2011
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
MAN CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMAN AFTER DRAGGING HER INTO BUSHES NEAR PARK WALKING TRAIL
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of dragging a woman into the bushes near a park walking trail and sexually assaulting her. Alfredo Fraga, 23, Orange, was found guilty by a jury of two felony counts of sexual penetration by foreign object by force with a sentencing enhancement allegation for kidnapping in the commission of a sexual offense. Fraga faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison at his sentencing Dec 2, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-37, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on May 25, 2009, then-58-year-old Jane Doe was walking alone on a trail in Esplanade Park in an unincorporated area of Santa Ana. Fraga grabbed the victim by her waist and dragged her into nearby bushes next to the trail. He sexually assaulted the victim by putting his hands down her pants and vaginally and anally penetrating the victim with his hand. Jane Doe screamed and struggled to get away, but was unable to free herself from Fraga.
A bystander nearby and a passing motorist stopped and rushed to help Jane Doe. Fraga attempted to flee the scene. The motorist, an off-duty Orange County Sheriff’s deputy and several witnesses observed the defendant attempting to flee, chased after him, and detained him.
Deputy District Attorney Keith Burke of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.