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San Francisco burglary results in sex crime charge

A California man was accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping in her home. He has now been convicted of a felony and sentenced to life in prison, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. The 30-year-old man was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape or other acts of sexual assault during a burglary.

The burglary occurred on Aug. 8, 2013, after the victim fell asleep watching television in her living room after returning home from work. The victim claims that she woke up in the midst of the sexual assault, which also caused her roommate to wake up. Her roommate searched for the intruder but was unable to find him.

Although the victim did not contact police until a few days after the incident, police took samples from her bedding and matched the DNA to that of the defendant. The convicted man's defense attorney argued that his client had gone to the victim's residence for what he believed was a consensual sexual encounter. The attorney also said that it was not until 14 months later that the defendant was aware that he had been accused of a crime. The defendant has a prior criminal record without a history of sex crime charges and plans to appeal the decision.

A criminal law attorney may be able to assist those who have been accused of sex crimes. People who are convicted of such crimes are faced with sex offender registration and often lengthy prison sentences. When there is no prior history, an attorney can in some cases strike a deal with the prosecutor that would reduce the severity of the penalties.

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