Nelson Mauricio Lunaty Garcia
Nelson Mauricio Lunaty Garcia. Photo: Fullerton Police Department

A 34-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 32 years to life in prison for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman while posing as a police officer outside a Fullerton nightclub.

Nelson Mauricio Lunaty Garcia of Chino Hills, who was convicted Sept. 6, faced up to 95 years to life in prison. He was ordered Wednesday to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.

Garcia approached the victim late on Sept. 2, 2015, in the parking lot of the InCahoots nightclub, 1401 S. Lemon St., and led her to believe he was a police officer by asking if she had been drinking, according to the District Attorney’s Office

Garcia administered a fake field sobriety test, using a tongue depressor and a cotton swab, while forcing the woman into the back seat of his car, prosecutors said.

Garcia bound the woman’s hands together with zip ties and drove for several miles to a secluded location, where he sexually assaulted her, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Garcia then returned the woman to the nightclub parking lot and released her.

Earlier the same night, Garcia had approached another woman as she sat in her vehicle in the club’s parking lot and asked if she had been drinking and if she needed water or a police escort home. She declined and drove away.

Friends of the assaulted woman saw Garcia in the InCahoots parking lot on Sept. 9, 2015, and called Fullerton police, who investigated and arrested Garcia at the scene after finding a loaded gun, handcuffs, tongue depressors, cotton swabs and zip ties.

Garcia was convicted of kidnapping to commit a sex offense, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by a foreign object and force, sodomy by force, attempted forcible rape and attempted kidnapping to commit a sex offense — all felonies.

Garcia was also convicted of carrying a loaded firearm on his person or in a vehicle in a public place and four counts of assault — all misdemeanors — and the sentencing allegations of posing an increased risk of harm to the victim and kidnapping.

–City News Service

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