The victim of a brazen daytime sexual assault that was caught on video is angry that the Los Angeles County district attorney is refusing to file felony charges against her alleged attacker.
Rebecca Pederson said KABC-TV that she was upset when she discovered that Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón had failed to file felony charges against the man who allegedly attacked her.
“Has this man not seen any of the footage,” she asked. “I’m angrier than anything.”
Pederson said she was on her way from work near the corner of Broadway and Linden in Long Beach when a man came up behind her and sexually assaulted her.
“I look down and the next thing I know, I feel his face here in my corner and [he] “lifts up my dress, pulls on my hips and presses his genitals against me,” she explained.
The video shows the transient exposing himself as he approaches and attacks Pederson. He fled after knocking her down. Police later arrested a suspect and identified him as 30-year-old Miguel Avila.
Gascón’s office reviewed the case and declined to file felony charges. The Long Beach City Attorney’s Office filed misdemeanor charges, but said only the district attorney can file felony charges.
“I think this is an outrageous case.” said Long Beach District Attorney Doug Haubert. “I believe the conduct warrants felony level charges. From the moment we received it, we were convinced this was felony-level conduct.”
The district attorney’s office told KABC it will re-examine the case to reconsider filing criminal charges. But Pederson is upset that the video isn’t enough to bring the more serious charges.
“It’s overwhelming because no one in their right mind would think that this was anything other than attempted rape,” she told KABC.
Avila is behind bars on a $75,000 bond and will next be in court on Nov. 8.
Gascón, who won office with the financial support of left-wing billionaire George Soros, was heavily criticized for his lenient sentencing policies.
Pederson expressed many people’s concerns about the attacker.
“I want this guy in prison so he doesn’t actually rape someone,” she said. “He’s actually going to rape someone. He will. He just hasn’t had any success so far.”
Here is the interview with Pederson about the attack:
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