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Man Gets Eight Years for Sexually Assaulting Woman


Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Issue 51, Volume 16.


RIVERSIDE - A Menifee man who sexually assaulted a female friend and allegedly attacked another woman was sentenced today to eight years behind bars.

Anastasios Panagio Stefanidis, 26, pleaded guilty on Oct. 18 to burglary, sexual battery and assault with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily injury.

Under the plea deal, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office dropped eight felony charges, including kidnapping to commit rape and attempted lewd acts on a child, in exchange for Stefanidis' acknowledgement of guilt for the other crimes.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Molloy certified the plea agreement today and imposed the mutually accepted sentence.

"This was a fair and reasonable plea bargain," Deputy District Attorney Frank Donzanti told City News Service in October. "We wanted to make sure he was punished sufficiently given his conduct. We feel we did the victims justice, and he's getting what he deserves."

Donzanti emphasized the fact that, because Stefanidis is now a three- striker, if he's convicted of another felony in the future, he could automatically face 25 years to life in prison.

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with law enforcement as a convicted sex offender for the rest of his life, notifying police agencies of his whereabouts on a yearly basis.

Had Stefanidis been convicted by a jury of all the original charges, he could have faced a life prison sentence.

Donzanti told CNS that several factors weighed on the decision not to forge ahead with a trial.

"There are always complications when a victim was in some kind of relationship with a defendant," the prosecutor said.

The charges to which Stefanidis pled related to only one woman, whose identity was not disclosed. One of the two rape charges that were dropped pertained to the second alleged victim, also not identified.

According to sheriff's officials, on the night of Oct. 23, 2011, Stefanidis allegedly abducted a woman from her residence, drove her to an unknown location and raped her in his car.

The woman reported the attack to sheriff's investigators a month later, a sheriff's sergeant said.

During their investigation, detectives located another women who alleged she had been sexually assaulted by Stefanidis, culminating in charges being filed last January.


 

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