Temecula man, once sought in a standoff, gets prison time for sexually assaulting runaway girl

By in Press Enterprise on November 30, 2017

By City News Service

MURRIETA — A Temecula man who sexually assaulted a runaway girl he kept in a Temecula motel room and eluded sheriff’s deputies twice before finally surrendering was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in state prison.

Edgar Alberto Baca, 31, pleaded guilty in March to abuse of a domestic partner, forcible sodomy and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor. In exchange for his admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped 59 related felony and misdemeanor charges.

Baca later sought to have the plea agreement rescinded, but a Superior Court judge denied the request.
The judge imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. In addition to the prison term, he ordered that Baca register as a convicted sex offender as one of the conditions of his parole.

According to sheriff’s officials, Baca came under suspicion on Aug. 21, 2015, after the victim, identified in court documents only as “M.M.,” was caught shoplifting at a Temecula Walmart and told investigators she had been sent there by her adult boyfriend, later identified as Baca.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jon Wade said the teenager was a runaway and had been forced to stay with Baca. According to court papers, the victim had been with Baca since early May 2015.

Baca was parked outside the Walmart but fled when he saw deputies arrive to question the girl, Wade said.

Wade said Baca’s vehicle was spotted a few hours later, and deputies attempted to stop him, but he accelerated away, heading into Murrieta with deputies on his tail. He abandoned the vehicle and ran away, eluding capture overnight.

Early the next morning, investigators learned Baca was staying in a room at the Motel 6 on Moreno Road, just off of Interstate 15. Wade said that when deputies attempted to make contact with him, Baca blocked the door to his room and refused to […]    

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