Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A 19-year-old man already on parole for a sex-related offense is facing new charges for allegedly assaulting three women in Long Beach over a four-month period, prosecutors said Friday.

Miguel Avila of Long Beach pleaded not guilty Thursday to three counts of assault with intent to commit a felony and one count of failure to register as a sex offender — all felonies.

According to the criminal complaint, he was convicted in March of sexual battery by restraint and sentenced to state prison.

The first of the three attacks occurred Aug. 14, when Avila allegedly exposed himself to a 43-year-old woman as she walked to her apartment, lunged at her and assaulted her.

On Nov. 9, he’s accused of head-butting a 23-year-old woman and pressing himself up against her, according to Deputy District Attorney Lee Ashley Cernok.

Police allege he slapped the woman’s buttocks as she walked with a friend near the intersection of Fourth Street and Orange Avenue, then fled after she punched him.

On Nov. 15, Avila allegedly grabbed a 30-year-old woman from behind, pushed her to the ground and tried to take off her underwear. Avila then allegedly exposed himself to the woman and her friend, who had intervened in the attack, according to the prosecutor.

The latest attack occurred in the same area as the attack six days earlier, both happening around 2 a.m., police said.

Avila was arrested Nov. 17 and was subsequently found to be out of compliance with his parole registration requirements, according to Long Beach police.

Avila remains jailed in lieu of $355,000 bail, along with a no-bail hold from the state Department of Corrections, pending his next court appearance on Dec. 1.

If convicted as charged, Avila could face up to 21 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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