A student who attacked and attempted to rape his special-education teacher in the parking lot of a Redwood City high school last year was found guilty on all charges Wednesday, prosecutors said.
A San Mateo County jury deliberated for an hour and a half before convicting David Andres Velasquez, 21, of the vicious attack on the 29-year-old San Francisco woman at Summit Preparatory Charter High School on Jan. 23, 2012.
Velasquez faces a possible life sentence in prison due to the kidnapping conviction, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 8.
Velasquez emerged from the bushes at the high school with a knife and accosted the teacher about 5:15 p.m., prosecutors said. Investigators say he was wearing dark clothing, gloves and had a pink scarf and sunglasses to disguise himself.
He "grabbed her from behind, put a knife to her side and ordered her to walk to her car and get in," Wagstaffe said. He reportedly threatened to kill her if she didn't follow his orders. The teacher said she recognized his voice as her student.
To delay the attack, Wagstaffe said, the teacher dropped her keys.
"He pushed her to the ground, pried her legs apart with his elbow, lay down on top of her and began thrusting his hips onto hers," Wagstaffe said.
She was saved when another teacher arrived at the parking lot and interrupted the attack by screaming at Velasquez. Velasquez fled but was soon after arrested.
Following the arrest, investigators reportedly found five images of the teacher on Velasquez's home computer that had been photoshopped to depict sex acts.
A detective testified during a preliminary hearing that Velasquez had described himself as a "sick-minded person" and pervert who "likes lots of blood."
Velasquez remains in custody on $1,000,000 bail.