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April
29
2019
Sexual Assault Suspect Found Guilty

Our Investigators often work behind the scenes and put in many hours of casework to obtain successful filings and prosecutions. This is a nice example of some hard, collaborative work, helping lead to a guilty verdict in a multiple victim sexual assault case. Detective Guerrero is pictured with a recent Pasadena Star-News article regarding the cases. Below is the narrative releases by the LADA’s Office after the trial.

A former maintenance supervisor at a mall in Arcadia has been found guilty of sexually assaulting three women working for him, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

A jury yesterday found Diego Briones Cervantes (dob 5/12/81) of San Gabriel guilty of one count each of forcible rape, attempted rape, sexual penetration by foreign object and sexual battery by restraint as well as two counts each of forcible oral copulation and false imprisonment by violence.

Deputy District Attorney Fernanda Barreto said the jury, which deliberated for four days, also found
true the special allegation of multiple victims.

Sentencing is scheduled on May 24 in Department T of the Los Angeles County Superior Court,
Alhambra Branch. Cervantes faces life in state prison.

All of the victims were women under his supervision and the assaults happened during work hours at
the mall on or between Sept. 1, 2015, and Feb. 2, 2017, the prosecutor said. Additionally, Cervantes retaliated against his victims for resisting his attacks by cutting their work hours, according to evidence presented at the trial.

Case GA102221 was investigated by the Arcadia Police Department

This post was originally published on April 26, 2019 at the Arcadia Police Department blog.

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