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Temecula man gets 12-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting women at Irvine shopping center

Temecula man gets 12-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting women at Irvine shopping center

IRVINE — A 27-year-old man Monday pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting two women in separate attacks in parking structures at the Irvine Spectrum.

Gregory Thomas Ditto of Temecula was arrested Aug. 2, 2016, in Lake Elsinore, several hours after an assault in the parking garage. He also admitted attacking another woman at the shopping center on July 20, 2016, according to Irvine police.

 

Gregory Thomas Ditto, 25, of Temecula was charged Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 with sexual battery, attempted kidnapping and related charges after he tried to sexually assault two women in Irvine Spectrum parking structures, authorities said. File photo

Ditto pleaded guilty to one count of attempted kidnapping to commit a sex crime, two counts of assault with intent to commit a sex offense, and one count of attempted sexual penetration by a foreign object. A felony count of sexual battery was dismissed.

In the first assault, Ditto came up behind the woman, scooped her up and carried her toward a stairwell at the shopping center’s parking garage, but she fought him off and he ran away, according to Deputy District Attorney Heidi Garrel.

In the second incident, Ditto forced the victim down to the floor of the structure and restrained her while attempting to sexually assault her, Garrel said. The woman managed to wriggle free and Ditto fled, Garrel said.

The woman managed to get the suspect’s license plate number and passed it on to police, Garrel said.