A man who admitted his involvement in a series of rapes and sexual assaults that terrorized victims between 2015-2016 has been sentenced to more than 15 years in state prison, authorities said Monday.
Anmol Prasad, 35, of Lathrop received 15 years and four months in prison when he was sentenced earlier this month, authorities said.
Authorities said Prasad, a long-haul truck driver, admitted to victimizing five people in three states. According to authorities, a photo taken by a victim in a sexual assault that happened in Portland, Ore. helped lead to Prasad’s arrest.
Detectives from the Fremont, Oakland, and Richmond police departments worked together in the investigation, as did police departments in Portland, Ore., and Renton, Wash. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office also took part.
Prasad pleaded guilty to two counts of assault to commit mayhem, rape, sodomy or oral copulation and one count of forced sexual assault, authorities said. He also pleaded guilty to being in possession of a dangerous weapon during two of the attacks and committing an attack in Fremont while on bail for an attack in unincorporated Alameda County, authorities said.
Criminal records showed that Prasad had eight previous convictions in California, including felony evasion and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a spouse.
According to authorities, Prasad has spent the past four-plus years in Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County, time that will go toward the sentence he just received. He will be eligible for release in eight years, because he has to serve only 85% of his total sentence, authorities said.
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Investigators believe there may be additional victims of similar crimes they believe Prasad committed who have not come forward or who have not been contacted. They are encouraging anyone who may have been victimized to come forward.
Those who want to speak can call the Fremont Police Department’s Investigative Unit at 510-790-6954 or by sending an email to Officer Michael Gebhardt at email@example.com. Anonymous tips can be left by texting TIP FREMONTPD followed by your message to 888-777 or by going to https://local.nixle.com/tip/alert/6216337.
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment