A former maintenance supervisor at an Arcadia shopping mall is facing a life state prison sentence for sexually assaulting three female underlings, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
Jurors deliberated four days before finding Diego Briones Cervantes, 37, of San Gabriel, guilty of one count each of forcible rape, attempted rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object and sexual battery by restraint, along with two counts each of forcible oral copulation and false imprisonment by violence.
The panel on Tuesday also found true an allegation of multiple victims, but acquitted him of a sexual battery charge involving a fourth woman he supervised who provided maintenance services at the Westfield Santa Anita mall.
The attacks against the three women he supervised occurred during work hours at the mall on or between Sept. 1, 2015, and Feb. 2, 2017, according to Deputy District Attorney Fernanda Barreto. The mall contracted with a janitorial company for which Cervantes and the victims worked, according to the prosecutor.
Cervantes retaliated against the women for resisting his attacks by cutting their work hours, according to trial testimony.
Cervantes was arrested Oct. 27, 2017, by Arcadia police, and has remained behind bars since then.
He is due back in an Alhambra courtroom for sentencing May 24.