A jury found a 36-year-old Los Banos man guilty Thursday of raping an intoxicated woman in 2009.
Henry Leonard Perez Jr. faces up to eight years in prison, after being convicted of one felony count of rape.
Deputy District Attorney Alan Turner, the prosecutor in the case, said Perez raped the victim after she'd become heavily intoxicated at a party. The victim couldn't drive and had gone to the defendant's Los Banos residence to sober up, when the assault happened, Turner said.
Michael Coughlin, the defendant's attorney, could not be reached at press time.
Although Perez acknowledged having sex with the victim, he claimed it was consensual. Turner said.
Perez had known the victim for several years. "This is a long established position of trust that he violated," Turner said.
Jury selection in the trial began Feb. 3 and jurors began deliberations Tuesday.
After Perez is released from prison, he must register with law enforcement as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life.
He's scheduled to be sentenced March 16.
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