REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - A former Northern California high school student who defended the attempted rape and kidnapping of a teacher as a "prank" failed to persuade a jury, which convicted him on all charges.
David Velasquez, 21, was convicted this week in San Mateo County after prosecutors said he attacked a teacher with a knife in a parking garage at Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City in 2012.
Authorities said Velasquez had a fixation for the teacher, and had planned to rape her when he covered his face and eyes and surprised the teacher with a knife.
The two got into a physical struggle until being interrupted by another instructor, who screamed.
Velasquez said he was merely trying to scare the teacher with a "senior prank."
"A prank could be anything; funny, scary," said Velasquez, according to the San Jose Mercury News ( http://bit.ly/17pEuZL).
The attacks rocked the students and faculty at the school, which is high performing and was ranked as one of America's best by Newsweek in 2011.
Velasquez faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, and remains in the San Mateo County jail on $1 million bail. He faces sentencing on Nov. 8.
Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com
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