LEONEL CONTRERAS GUILTY: CALIFORNIA TEEN CONVICTED OF RAPING, KIDNAPPING GIRLS
Leonel Contreras, a 17 year old who faces multiple life terms in state prison after beingconvicted on Friday of kidnapping and raping two teenage girls in a Rancho Penasquitos, Californiapark, was tried as an adult and will be sentenced December 5. One of the victims told thejury that she and the other victim were attacked by Contreras and his co-defendant, William StevenRodriguez, under a tree as they walked from a family party on September 3, 2011. Theywere taken up a slope and into a dark grassy area. She said she struggled with Contreras, whoheld her, and bit him. He responded by putting a bandana in her mouth and told said, if Itried to scream he would hurt me, she testified. Contreras was convicted on 21charges. The verdict in Rodriguez's case will be announced on Monday. His lawyer arguedthat her client was involved in the sexual assaults but did not commit sodomy, which was among thecharges against the teens.