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Sex offender on trial for allegedly raping girl on roadside

June 20, 2012 | 11:33 am

Rasaan Raymon PattonA registered sex offender faces trial Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl on the side of the road after intentionally causing a traffic accident to get her to pull over.

Prosecutors say Rasaan Raymon Patton, 31, of Perris followed the teen in June 2008 as she drove home in her parents’ minivan in Huntington Beach.

They say Patton caused the minor accident around 2:40 a.m. on Yorktown Avenue. When the girl pulled over and got out of the van, Patton forced her behind the vehicle, out of sight of passing motorists, and sexually assaulted her, they said.

The Orange County district attorney’s office said the girl was able to escape and drive home when Patton became startled by passing cars. Prosecutors said Patton did not know the girl.

The teen reported the incident to Huntington Beach police later that afternoon, and investigators later linked Patton to the assault with forensic evidence, including a partial handprint left on the van's door.

Patton was arrested by Huntington Beach detectives in April 2009. He is charged with one felony count each of kidnapping to commit a sex offense, attempted forcible rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object and sexual battery by restraint. The charges include a sentencing enhancement for a prior felony sex conviction in 1999, the district attorney’s office said.

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-- Matt Stevens

Twitter.com/mattstevenslat

Photo: Rasaan Raymon Patton. Credit: Orange County District Attorney's Office

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