CHULA VISTA (CNS) - An El Cajon man accused of grabbing and groping a teenage girl on a roadside near Glen Abbey Cemetery in Bonita pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four felony charges, including child abuse and false imprisonment by violence.
Century Leo, 23, was ordered held on $200,000 bail and faces nine years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said. Authorities said Leo attacked the victim in the 3200 block of Bonita Road shortly before 11 a.m. Monday.
The girl managed to fight off her attacker and escape unharmed. She then flagged down a motorist, got into his car and made a 911 call while she and the driver kept the alleged assailant in sight as he walked through the neighborhood.
As a deputy arrived, Leo ran into an overgrown open area, where he was arrested a short time later, sheriff's officials said.
Beside child abuse and false imprisonment, Leo was charged with assault with intent to commit a sex crime and sexual battery by restraint.
He will be back in court May 23 for a readiness conference and May 29 for a preliminary hearing.
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