Orange County man convicted of raping 5 women
A Lake Forest man was convicted Wednesday of raping five Orange County women and sexually assaulting a sixth, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
Sekayi Rudo White, 33, was found guilty of 14 felony counts of rape, sexual assault, making criminal threats and burglary. He will be sentenced April 15 and faces a maximum of 119 years to life in state prison.
Prosecutors learned of White's history of sexual assaults after his arrest in April 2007 for attempting to assault a 28-year-old woman the month before. Three additional victims stepped forward after prosecutors released details about his arrest to the media.
Authorities believe the attacks stretch back to August or September 2002, when White raped an unconscious 22-year-old woman at a Santa Ana hotel. The woman said she woke up while White was raping her, prosecutors said. The woman could not remember drinking alcohol or entering the hotel room. After the assault, she told prosecutors, White began harassing her at work and home.
In December 2005, White met a 44-year-old woman at a bar at the Irvine Spectrum. He gave the woman a ride to her home in Newport Beach, where he asked if he could use the restroom. Shortly after, White came out of the bathroom naked, pinned the woman down and tried to remove her pants, prosecutors said. The woman fought back and White grabbed his clothes and fled, authorities said.
In August 2006, White met a 22-year-old woman at a bar in Huntington Beach and drove her to his home in Lake Forest, where he raped her, prosecutors said. The following month, he was arrested and charged for the Newport Beach assault and the attack against the 22-year-old woman at his Lake Forest home.
While out on a $250,000 bail, White went on to rape at least three more women from January through April 2007, when he was arrested again, prosecutors said.
-- Ruben Vives