LANCASTER – The 35-year-old Lancaster man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting an Antelope Valley College student was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting four women beginning in 2009.
James Smith is charged with two counts of forcible rape, one count each of forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by a foreign object, sodomy by use of force and attempted sodomy by use of force, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced.
Smith is charged with sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman on Dec. 24, 2009; a 43-year-old woman on Sept. 24, 2011; and a 33-year-old woman on March 23, 2012, all in the Los Angeles area, according to the LADA office.
He was arrested Monday afternoon by Sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly abducted a 19-year-old female near the Antelope Valley College campus on 33rd Street West and Avenue K, took the victim to an abandoned house, and allegedly sexually assaulted her. (Read more about that incident here.) He is charged for that incident, as well.
Smith is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon (June 18) at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles.
Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $5.1 million.
If convicted as charged, Smith is facing up to life in state prison.
Deputy District Attorney Lowrie Mendoza with the Sex Crimes Division is prosecuting the case.
[Information via press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.]
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