A Sept. 12 trial date was set Monday for a Ventura County man accused of tackling a pedestrian to the ground on a La Jolla roadside and sexually assaulting her.

Scene of alleged La Jolla assault. Image via CBS8

Marco Antonio Villasenor, 25, of Oxnard is charged with assault with intent to commit rape and other counts stemming from the March 2 attack.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges today at his Superior Court arraignment and remains free on $100,000 bail.

Villasenor allegedly ran up to a woman from behind and attacked her as she was walking to her car in the 7700 block of Exchange Place shortly after 9 p.m.

The assailant fled after the 25-year-old victim fought back and screamed, according to San Diego police Lt. Paul Phillips. The woman made a 911 call to report the crime, and officers took Villasenor into custody a short time later on nearby Fay Avenue.

The victim identified Villasenor as her alleged attacker, the lieutenant said.

A July 25 readiness conference is set for Villasenor, who faces up to eight years in prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Judy Taschner.

— City News Service

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