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Garden Grove mechanic sentenced for sexual assaults

November 6, 2009 |  7:47 pm
A Garden Grove auto mechanic who sexually assaulted five women after luring them into a service pit under the pretense of showing them needed repairs was sentenced today to 14 years in state prison, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Adrian Montano Fuerte, 39, of Tustin was found guilty by a jury on Aug. 31 of one felony count of forcible rape, one felony count of assault with the intent to commit rape, two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, and one misdemeanor count of battery, according to a news release.

Fuerte had worked as a car mechanic at the Econo Lube and Tune at Knott Street and Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove for roughly three months. The sexual assaults occurred between Oct. 30, 2007, and Dec. 15, 2007. The victims ranged in age from 18 to 60, according to authorities.

The sexual assaults included the forcible rape of Jane Doe #1 and the assault with intent to commit rape against Jane Doe #2, the news release said. Fuerte also sexually assaulted Jane Doe #3, Jane Doe #4 and Jane Doe #5. 

The first two women reported the attacks to authorities. Subsequent media coverage prompted the other victims to come forward.

-- Monte Morin