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Local News in Brief : Man Guilty of Trying to Rape Blind Woman

A 28-year-old Canyon Country man was convicted Tuesday of attempting to rape a blind woman and of using a deadly weapon to hold another victim against her will.

A San Fernando Superior Court jury found David Jerry Esington guilty of intent to commit rape and false imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled Feb. 24.

The 35-year-old blind woman testified earlier that she had accepted a ride from Esington as she waited at a bus stop in Newhall on June 3. Esington drove her to a remote area and tried to force her to have sex, she testified. After a struggle, Esington dropped her off at a shopping area in Canyon Country, she said.

Esington was arrested June 10 in an attack on a 38-year-old woman. In that incident, Esington pulled a knife on the woman and told her he wanted to have sex with her, authorities said. At that moment, two sheriff’s deputies pulled up and arrested Esington, authorities said.

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Esington is being held in County Jail in lieu of $40,000 bail.


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