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Sentencing postponed for registered sex offender in Hillcrest attempted rape

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sentencing was postponed Wednesday until July 8 for a registered sex offender who admitted tackling a woman in Hillcrest and trying to rape her and breaking into the bedroom of another woman and making nearly $800 worth of calls to a sex line.

David Thomas Blood, 51, pleaded guilty in February to 16 counts, including assault with intent to commit rape, making a criminal threat, grand theft, burglary, drug charges, diversion of funds and misdemeanor charges of contracting without a license.

The defendant has prior convictions for lewd and lascivious acts with a child and oral copulation, and is facing up to 48 years and four months to life in prison in the current case, prosecutors said.

Blood was free on bail in connection with arrests for contracting without a license and making the calls to the sex line when he tried to rape the woman in Hillcrest, prosecutors said.

The 32-year-old victim told San Diego police that Blood approached her on a trail off the 1000 block of Myrtle Way about noon last Aug. 11 and engaged her in conversation. Moments later, he grabbed her, pulled her to the ground and straddled her, according to police.

As she struggled, her attacker threatened to "cut" her, police said.

She began screaming, and he ran off, police said, adding that Blood was arrested nearby shortly afterward.

Separately, Blood posed as a licensed contractor but failed to pay subcontractors; he also overcharged homeowners for work done in 2008 and 2009, according to prosecutors.

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