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Tustin man found guilty of sexual assaults at car repair shop

September 1, 2009 |  3:15 pm

An auto mechanic has been convicted of luring several women into the shop’s repair pit and sexually assaulting them, prosecutors said today.

On Monday, a jury found Adrian Montano Fuerte, 39, of Tustin, guilty of one felony count of rape and one felony count of assault with intent to commit rape. He was also convicted of misdemeanor counts of battery.

Fuerte worked at Econo Lube N’ Tune in Garden Grove for three months in 2007. During that time, prosecutors said, he lured five women into the shop’s repair pit under the guise of discussing repairs to their cars, then sexually assaulted them. The women ranged in age from 18 to 60. Two of the women reported the attack to the police; the others came forward after media reports on the case.

Fuerte had previously worked at two other Econo Lube N’ Tune locations, but the five assaults happened at the Garden Grove location, prosecutors said.

 -- Paloma Esquivel in Orange County