A 33-year-old man pleaded not guilty Friday to sexually assaulting a disabled 87-year-old Garden Grove woman in her bed.
Julio Ignacio Centenomiranda is charged with assault with the intent to commit a sex offense, first-degree burglary, and forcible oral copulation, all felonies. He also faces a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury in the commission of a sex offense.
Centenomiranda entered his plea in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana and was ordered to return to court July 29 for a pretrial hearing in the West Justice Center in Westminster.
Police were called at 1:36 a.m., June 28, to a home in the 8800 block of Lampson Ave. regarding a sexual assault in progress, Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said.
The victim, who was unable to yell for help, was allegedly being assaulted by the suspect when her granddaughter was roused by noise in the bedroom and went to investigate, Whitney said.
“She ran over to assist and grabbed him by the arm, yanking on him and pulling on him, screaming for help,” Whitney said. “That woke up the rest of the family, and he started fighting with them and that spilled over into the backyard.”
When officers arrived, the family was holding on to the suspect, Whitney said. The suspect is unknown to the family, he said.
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