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Van Nuys sex offender arrested for assaulting woman

A registered sex offender was arrested on Monday, April 17, 2017, by Los Angeles detectives, suspected of having sexually assaulted a Van Nuys woman the previous day. It's believed that the man could have previously assaulted other woman that have yet to come forward as well.

The male defendant in this case is alleged to have approached his female victim at a bus stop near the intersection of Oxnard Street and Woodman Avenue around noon on April 17, 2017, in Van Nuys as she departed the Orange Line Metro Bus. It was at that time that the defendant offered the woman a ride. While she initially refused it, she later agreed to go with him.

As the man was driving the woman to her friend's house, he informed her that he would need to make a stop along the way. It's then that the man took his female victim to a secluded area. Seeing where the man had taken her, the woman attempted to escape his vehicle. She was, however, unable to do so. It was then that the defendant allegedly attacked and then sexually assaulted the woman.

The defendant in this case is reported to have a lengthy criminal record including prior arrests for sexually-related offenses. Police are asking for any victims who recognize the man to come forward and make contact with the Van Nuys Police Department's detectives.

If you have been accused of a sexual assault, it's important to note that if you have previous convictions for the same crime, you could be facing long-term imprisonment. A Van Nuys, California, criminal defense attorney may be able to provide with the necessary guidance to protect your rights and defend your case.

Source: abc7.com, "Sex offender arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman in Van Nuys," April 18, 2017

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