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A man and a woman were arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault after sexually assaulting a man in a hotel room, prosecutors in California said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that the man and the woman were sentenced to state prison.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Genesta sentenced Anthony Manuel Alvarado, 36, to 29 years to life in state prison.
Alvarado’s codefendant, Jessica Joanne Contreras, 26, was sentenced to 36 years to life in state prison.
Alvarado and Contreras were each convicted by a jury of five felonies: sexual penetration by foreign object, first-degree residential robbery, false imprisonment by violence, torture and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.
According to the police investigation, Alvarado and Contreras lured the 28-year-old man into a West Covina hotel room.
Once inside the room, the victim was bound, beaten, robbed, Tasered and sodomized with a curling iron, the prosecutor said. Contreras took photos of the attack with his cellphone.
The defendants finally left the room after they realized the victim’s friends were looking for him at the hotel. The victim then exited the room and called police.
Soon after, Contreras and Alvarado were arrested in connection with the crimes.