Man who attempted to rape Redwood City teacher sentenced to eight years to life in prison 

The man who was convicted last year in the attack and attempted rape of his special education teacher in Redwood City in 2012 was sentenced Friday to prison for eight years to life, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

David Andres Velasquez, 22, was convicted by a jury in October 2013 on felony charges of kidnapping for sexual assault with use of a knife, assault with intent to sexually assault with use of a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and criminal threats.

Velasquez was hiding in the bushes in a Redwood City parking lot on Jan. 23, 2012, when the teacher walked by and he grabbed her from behind, Wagstaffe said. He put a knife to her side and ordered to walk to her car and get in. He threatened to kill her if she didn't do what she was told.

She intentionally dropped her keys to buy some time and he pushed her to the ground, pried her legs apart and lay down on top of her and began thrusting his hips into hers, Wagstaffe said. Another teacher came upon the scene and screamed at Velasquez and he got up and ran away.

He was arrested a short time later. When investigators searched his home, they found five images of the teacher he attacked on his computer that were photoshopped to depict sex acts. A detective at a preliminary hearing said Velasquez told him that he described himself as a pervert who "likes lots of blood."

Velasquez was sentenced Friday to eight years to life in state prison with credit for time served of 996 days, Wagstaffe said. He was also charged more $1,700 in fines and restitution. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

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