Friday, May 23, 2008

Man gets probation in sexual assault on acquaintence

Juan Cortez-Rios, 29, was sentenced to 2 years probation for sexually assaulting a former female friend on New Years' Day. He originally faced rape and disorderly conduct charges in the assault on his 25 year old ex-friend, but charges were amended to aggravated sexual battery and identity theft.

Prosecutor Christina Trocheck, an assistant Saline County attorney, said at the sentencing Friday that the identity theft charge related to Cortez-Rios’ use of another person’s identity to gain and maintain employment at a Salina manufacturing plant.

District Judge Rene Young sentenced Cortez-Rios to 13 months in prison on the aggravated sexual battery charge, and eight months on the identity theft charge. The two sentences were to be served consecutively.

Both sentences were suspended and Cortez-Rios was place on probation for 2 years. He was also ordered to undergo DNA testing and pay a variety of court costs and fees.

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