Douglas man convicted for sex crimes
A Douglas man has been convicted of sexual conduct with a minor.
Lionel Valenzuela Pereida 41, of Douglas was convicted of 3 counts of sexual assault and 1 count of sexual conduct with a minor.
The convictions were on a Douglas Police Department case of several sexual assault offenses that were reported back in September of 2008. Douglas Police Detectives investigated the incidents in which Pereida sexually assaulted a local Douglas 16-year-old juvenile on several occasions starting in July of 2004. The sexual assaults continued through September of 2008 and the victim was now 20 years old. The sexual assaults had gone unreported until the September 2008 incidents.
Pereida was indicted in October 2008 on several sexual offenses which he committed between July of 2004 and September of 2008. Douglas Police Detectives arrested Pereida on October 24, 2008. Pereida then went through a jury trial this March and was convicted on 3 counts of sexual assault, which are class 2 felonies, and 1 count of sexual conduct with a minor, a class 6 felony. Pereida remains in custody at the Cochise County Jail pending sentencing.