REDWOOD CITY -- A San Francisco man accused of beating and urinating on a woman faces nine years in prison for her 2011 rape in South San Francisco, a prosecutor said Monday.
Sergio Cortez, 29, pleaded no contest Friday to rape and forced oral copulation and as part of a bargain with prosecutors is looking at nearly a decade in prison when sentenced Dec. 13, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped a kidnapping charge, which in this case carried a possible life sentence.
Authorities say Cortez and the woman met and agreed to have sex, but the Sept. 8, 2011, encounter quickly turned violent. It started with the suspect punching the woman in the face and forcing her to give him oral sex. It continued with the suspect holding a knife to her throat and then driving her to a South San Francisco home, authorities say.
Prosecutors say the assailant forced her into a water heater closet and urinated on her. Then after smoking some methamphetamine the suspect allegedly forced the victim into a bathroom and smashed her face against a wall. He then forced her to give him oral sex and raped her, prosecutors say.
After making the victim shower and change her clothes, the suspect allegedly dropped her off at his cousin's house. One of the suspect's family members called police, who arrived in minutes.
defense attorney Paul DeMeester said there was an alternate account of the events but declined to elaborate. He said his client, who is being held without bail, was happy to avoid a possible life sentence.
"There is light at the end of the tunnel at some point," he added.
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