Latino faces life in prison for passing off attempted rape of teacher as "senior prank"
A former high school student in Northern California faces life in prison after being convicted of attempted rape and kidnapping of a teacher, which he reportedly tried to pass off as a prank.
A jury pronounced 21-year-old David Velasquez guilty on all charges on Wednesday after only 90 minutes of deliberation, leaving him to potentially earn a maximum sentence. Ugh, can you believe that a high school student would be capable of committing such an awful crime? We hear stories of teachers taking advantage of their students all the time, but it's equally as despicable the other way around.
The incident occurred in January 2012, outside of Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City. Velasquez pointed a knife at the teacher and attacked her, until another teacher came upon the crime and screamed. Later, the ex-student testified that he was just playing "a senior prank." Seriously?! I can't believe he would try to justify his heinous actions with such a ridiculous excuse.
Velasquez currently remains in jail on $1 million bail and will receive his official sentence in early November.
It's disgusting that any one would try to hold someone against their will, but it's even more disturbing since Velasquez seems to have absolutely no remorse for his actions. How he could make light of his horrific actions by calling them a prank is beyond me. I'm just glad that justice is being served in this case and that Velasquez will hopefully be getting the harsh punishment he brought on himself.
Image via San Mateo County Sheriff's Office