Lancaster Man Convicted of Raping, Sexually Assaulting Multiple Women Over 5-Year Period: DA’s Office

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A Lancaster man has been found guilty in the rapes and sexual assaults of five women that occurred over a 5-year period, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

James Smith, 35, was arrested on June 16, 2014, for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman. (Credit: Donluis Meza)

James Smith was arrested on June 16, 2014, for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman. (Credit: Donluis Meza)

James Smith, 38, was convicted in the sexual assaults of five women, ages 21 to 43, between 2009 and 2013, according to a DA’s news release. The crimes occurred in Lancaster and Los Angeles.

A jury found him guilty of nine felony counts: three counts of forcible rape; two counts of forcible oral copulation; and single counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, sodomy by use of force, attempted sodomy by use of force and kidnapping, the release stated.

Smith was arrested in June 2014 after he was suspected of forcing a 19-year-old college student in Lancaster into his car and driving her to an abandoned house where she was sexually assaulted, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said at the time.

He faces the possibility of life in prison when he returns to court for sentencing on Nov. 2, according to prosecutors.

The cases were investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division and the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.