A 40-year-old Malibu man has been charged with sexually assaulting a Santa Monica College student in the campus library earlier this month.
The Los Angeles County District Attorneyís Office has charged Chase Guy Reynolds with two counts of sexual battery by restraint, one count of attempted sexual penetration by a foreign object and one count of second degree robbery, all felonies, said deputy district attorney David Zygielbaum.
Reynolds pleaded not guilty to the charges during an arraignment at the Los Angeles Airport Superior Court Thursday, April 9th, a court spokesperson said. Prosecutors asked for bail to be set at $250,000. If convicted, Reynolds faces up to 13 years in state prison.
Reynolds allegedly approached a female SMC student late Saturday afternoon, April 4th, at the collegeís library, sexually assaulted her, and then stole her house key, police said. The suspect fled the library after he was startled by an announcement over the library intercom, police said.
The victim immediately reported the incident and following a joint investigation by the Santa Monica Police Department and SMC police, the suspect was arrested on campus Sunday, April 5th.