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Rapist going to jail for a long time

Christina Proctor

A registered sex offender convicted of assaulting a South Lake Tahoe woman while her 3-month-old infant was in the room was sentenced Monday to the maximum time of 39 years and four months in a California state prison.

Manuel Pina, 38, had been on parole for less than four months when the Nov. 13 rape occurred. The victim was the 20-year-old daughter of his girlfriend.

Pina was paroled in August from Avenal State Prison, were he was serving a five-year term for a conviction in El Dorado Superior Court for an October 1992 sexual battery and false imprisonment of a 16-year-old South Lake Tahoe girl.

Pina pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, attempted sodomy, oral copulation, digital penetration, and child endangerment in connection with the Nov. 13 incident.

During the sentencing Monday, Judge Suzanne Kingsbury said in reference to the assaults occurring in front of the victim’s infant, “I can’t imagine anything more horrible for the mother to endure.

“The defendant is a sexual predator,” Kingsbury said. “He presents an extreme danger to women in any community in which he resides.”

In a sentencing statement, Pina told the court deep down in his heart he knows he’s not a rapist.

Kingsbury said the statement demonstrates a lack of remorse by Pina.

Deputy District Attorney Peter O’Hara, the prosecutor assigned to the case, said, “He deserves every minute of the 39 years and four months recommended to him by probation.”

Pina reportedly entered the victim’s residence through an unlocked front door. The victim told police she feigned sleep after the attack until Pina was asleep and then left the apartment to call 911. Pina was arrested in the victim’s residence shortly after her call.

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