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Jury selection begins for man accused of sexually assaulting two South Bay women

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a sex offender accused of sexually assaulting two South Bay women he allegedly enticed with promises of house cleaning jobs.

George Moreland, 46, picked up the women on the street in Chula Vista, took them to a residence in Rancho San Diego where they were sexually assaulted, gave them money and dropped them off back in the South Bay, according to the Chula Vista Police Department.

Moreland faces 205 years to life in prison if convicted of six counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of false imprisonment by force, and one each of forcible sexual penetration and attempted sodomy, Deputy District Attorney Rachel Cano said.

Some of the charges include allegations that he used a knife, and that there were multiple victims.

Moreland picked up the first woman on July 7 last year, leading to four of the oral copulation counts and the sexual penetration charge, Cano said.

She said the second victim was accosted on Oct. 1, 2009, which resulted in the other sex-related charges.

Judge David Gill ordered a panel of 62 prospective jurors to come to his courtroom for a trial expected to last about three weeks.

The trial was moved to the San Diego County Courthouse because the South Bay Courthouse did not have any courtrooms available.

According to court records, Moreland worked at a Radio Shack store in Vista in November 1997 when he dragged a customer to the back of the store, tied her up and threatened to kill her if she didn't stop screaming.

A woman in an adjoining shop heard the woman's screams and called deputies, who rescued the woman and arrested Moreland.

The defendant was convicted of kidnapping for sexual purposes, which gave him a strike, and served an eight-year prison term, Cano said.

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