LANCASTER – A convicted murderer released from prison after serving more than three decades behind bars was found guilty Friday of drugging and raping a woman inside his Agua Dulce trailer two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
An Antelope Valley jury deliberated just over an hour before convicting 75-year-old Arthur Eugene Lindsey of nine felony counts, including rape of an unconscious person, rape by use of drugs, oral copulation of an unconscious person, sexual penetration by a foreign object and possession of a firearm by a felon with three priors, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.
The jury also found true allegations that Lindsey had previously been convicted in 1965 of first-degree murder and first-degree murder in the perpetration of rape for the killing of a 21-year-old woman in Indiana and for failing to file a change of address as a sex offender in 2005 in California, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Jurors acquitted Lindsey of a misdemeanor charge of obstructing or delaying a peace officer.
On June 3, 2013, the victim, who was 29 years old at the time, was drugged and raped for two days inside Lindsey’s Agua Dulce trailer, the prosecutor said.
On June 5, 2013, a parole officer discovered Lindsey sexually assaulting the unconscious victim during a surprise parole check, according to court testimony.
The victim acknowledged that she had consumed alcohol Lindsey gave her after he offered her a ride in his BMW, but said she hadn’t taken amphetamines, opiates and benzodiazepines that were found in her system, Hatami said.
Lindsey’s phone contained numerous photos of the woman while she was passed out, Hatami said.
Lindsey is set to be sentenced April 9 at the Antelope Valley courthouse in Lancaster. He faces more than 100 years to life in state prison.