Former South Lake Tahoe council candidate avoids rape conviction in plea deal |

Former South Lake Tahoe council candidate avoids rape conviction in plea deal

Isaac Brambila

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A former South Lake Tahoe City Council candidate accepted a plea to three charges that involved burglary and assault after initially being charged with several sexual assault counts.

Doug Henry Cichowicz entered a plea of guilty to three counts during a hearing last week at the El Dorado County Courthouse in South Lake Tahoe, according to court documents.

He pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree burglary, stalking and battery. He was charged with burglary because he reportedly entered the victim’s home after the victim told him he was not welcome.

Cichowicz previously faced charges of forcible rape, penetration with a foreign object, sexual battery, perjury and unlawfully possessing a firearm.

The charges date back to August 2013, when Cichowicz reportedly made an unwanted visit to the victim’s home, according to court documents.

It is unclear if the victim and Cichowicz maintained a romantic relationship at the time. In the documents, the victim states the relationship had ended more than a month before. However, the defense seemed unclear if the relationship had actually ended.

In accordance with the plea deal, Cichowicz was sentenced to more than 70 days in jail and five years of formal probation.

Furthermore, he must attend a 52-week batterers program and pay several fines.

A restitution hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1.

Prior to the plea agreement, Cichowicz was scheduled to face trial starting last Monday.

Cichowicz ran for South Lake Tahoe City Council in 2010.

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