David Angelo Drake II pleaded not guilty to a series of attack in North Park. Photo courtesy of CBS8

A man accused of assaulting seven women — some sexually — over a four-month period in North Park last year must stand trial on 18 felony counts, including assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, sexual penetration by force and robbery, a judge ruled Friday.

Following a preliminary hearing that started last month, Judge David Gill ruled that enough evidence was produced to order 23-year-old David Angelo Drake II to stand trial. Arraignment was set for July 30 in Superior Court.

One woman testified that what she thought were two attackers punched her and tried to pull down her Spanx underwear during a June 21, 2014, attack. She said she thought she was going to be raped.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Tag told the judge that Drake is charged with attacking the women from April 30 to Aug. 28, 2014.

Images of a potential suspect in the assaults were made public in late August, leading to a tip that resulted in Drake’s arrest.

Drake told a detective that he was a “sexual deviant” and the purpose of the attacks was to digitally penetrate the victims’ private areas, the prosecutor alleged.

DNA linked Drake to the assaults, according to Tag, who said a cell phone belonging to one of the victims was found during a search of his car.

Drake faces 114 years to life in prison if convicted.

— City News Service

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