SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A homeless parolee who tried to rape an acquaintance at San Diego City College Aug. 10 was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in state prison.
Steven Allen Sinclair, 26, pleaded guilty in September to assault with intent to commit rape. He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Eugenia Eyherabide.
The sexual assault at the college reported late on Aug. 10, according to San Diego police.
The 39-year-old victim told police she and a man she'd met hours earlier were loitering at the East Village school when he became aggressive, pushed her to the ground behind some trash bins, punched her in the face and pulled off her clothing from the waist down, San Diego Police Department Lt. Rick O'Hanlon said.
The victim fought back and was able to get away from her attacker, and campus police officers who heard her screams came to her aid as the would-be rapist fled, police said. The woman was treated at a hospital for minor facial injuries.
San Diego police found a man matching the description of the assailant near the downtown college a short time later and arrested him. At the time of his arrest, Sinclair was on parole for an attempted burglary conviction from 2008, Deputy District Attorney Aidee Brunner said.
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