A 59-year-old man was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a woman on a jogging trail in Anaheim.

Mario Olando Montano of Anaheim was convicted of assault with the intent to commit a sex offense and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, both felonies. Jurors, who deliberated for 2 1/2 days, also found true sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury.

Montano, who is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 4, faces up to 11 years in prison.

Montano was convicted of attacking the then-24-year-old jogger around the Walnut Canyon Reservoir near Canyon Rim Road and Serrano Avenue on Dec. 10, 2013.

Prosecutors said that when the victim tried to scream for help, the defendant covered her mouth, but she managed to kick her attacker and get away. The woman lost a tooth in the struggle.

Defense attorney Derrick Smalls claimed his client was taking nature photos in the area when the two collided accidentally.

“The whole thing was a misunderstanding,” Smalls said.

Prosecutor Harris Siddiq declined comment, directing all questions to the district attorney’s public information office.

When the case was first filed, prosecutors alleged that Montano went to a 42-year-old neighbor’s home and asked her to have sex with him, and when she refused, continued pressuring her and unzipped his pants before running away when she told him she would tell the landlord. But those charges were dismissed prior to the preliminary hearing, Smalls said.

–City News Service

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.