Crime

Transient sentenced for sexual assault of teen in downtown SLO

Manuel Reyes Luevano
Manuel Reyes Luevano

A transient was sentenced Monday to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting a developmentally disabled teen after trapping her inside a public restroom in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Manuel Reyes Luevano, 49, had previously pleaded no contest to a felony count of assault on a minor with intent to commit a felony.

According to police reports, the 17-year-old victim and her family were visiting San Luis Obispo and shopping downtown on Dec. 28, 2014, when the girl became separated from her family. The teen approached Luevano, who was sitting on a bench at the 1200 block of Morro Street, and asked for directions. Luevano then took the girl to a nearby public restroom, forced her inside and locked the door behind them. Luevano assaulted the girl for several minutes before she was able to escape.

The girl later provided a detailed description to police, and Luevano was apprehended nearby.

Leuvano had a criminal history dating to the 1980s, with previous arrests for sexual and domestic battery, attempted robbery, alcohol-related offenses, petty theft and vandalism. His plea included two enhancements for prior felonies.

In a letter written to Superior Court Judge Donald Umhofer, Luevano said the proposed sentencing was too harsh and suggested the victim was to blame.

“She did not (have) the right to follow me into a public bathroom while she was sexually harassing me,” Luevano wrote in a June letter filed by the court.

The victim and several members of her family wrote letters that were read as victim impact statements. Several members of the advocacy group Bikers Against Child Abuse sat in the courtroom to support the victim, their motorcycles parked across the street from the courthouse.

If Luevano is paroled, he will have to re-register as a sex offender.

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