Lancaster Man Convicted of Multiple Sexual Assaults

LANCASTER – A 38-year-old Lancaster man was convicted of multiple sexual assaults of a five-year period officials said. The sexual assaults of five women took place in the Los Angeles and Lancaster areas from 2009 to 2014.

On Monday, October 17, 2016, James Smith was found guilty by a jury of nine felony counts, including three counts of forcible rape, two counts of forcible oral copulation, and one count each of sexual penetration by a foreign object, sodomy by use of force, attempted sodomy by use of force and kidnapping.

Smith was found guilty of the sexual assaults of a 21-year-old woman on December 24, 2009; a 43-year-old woman on September 24, 2011; a 33-year-old woman on March 22, 2012; and a 28-year-old woman on December 6, 2013. Authorities finally caught up to Smith on June 16, 2014, after he abducted and sexually assaulted a 19-year-old college student in Lancaster.

Smith is scheduled to be sentenced on November 2, 2016, and is expected to face life in prison.

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