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Prosecutor: Man sexually assaulted mentally impaired girl

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A man broke into a relative's Serra Mesa home in the middle of the night and sexually assaulted a mentally impaired 13-year-old girl, a prosecutor alleged Tuesday.

Imshay Segrest, 30, is accused in the Jan. 29 attack on the teenager, who has speech problems and the mental capabilities of an 8-year-old, said Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney.

In her opening statement, Rooney told jurors the victim's father was awakened by his daughter's screams in the early morning hours and rushed to her room, where he found her on the floor with her pants off and the defendant on top of her in a sexual position.

Rather than attack Segrest, the father called police, but the defendant punched a hole in the wall and fled while the father was on the phone, according to the prosecutor.

The girl later told the father's girlfriend that she was sexually assaulted by the defendant, Rooney said.

Segrest faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of two counts of committing a forcible lewd act on a child.

His attorney, Charles Luckman, did not give an opening statement, but may do so at the start of the defense portion of the case.

According to court records, the defendant has been to prison for evading police and drug convictions.

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