A maintenance supervisor at an Arcadia mall has been found guilty of sexually assaulting three female employees during work hours at the mall, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.
Following four days of deliberation, a jury convicted Diego Briones Cervantes of San Gabriel of eight criminal charges from forcible rape to sexual battery by restraint, the DA’s office said. All three victims worked under his lead.
Cervantes, 37, faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on May 24.
He was a supervisor at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping center when he assaulted the three women before being arrested on Oct. 27, 2017, according to DA spokesman Ricardo Santiago.
The sexual assaults occurred between Sept. 1, 2015, and Feb. 2, 2017, prosecutors said.
Cervantes was found guilty of forcibly raping one of the women as well as charges of forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by foreign object with use of force, and false imprisonment by violence against that victim, Santiago said.
He was convicted of attempted rape of another victim as well as false imprisonment by violence and forcible oral copulation against her, according to Santiago. And he was found guilty of sexual battery by restraint against the third victim, Santiago said.
Prosecutors allege Cervantes also cut back their work hours in retaliation for resisting his attacks, presenting evidence at trial in support of those accusations.