Man given life sentence in UTC sexual assault
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A man who dragged a young woman 20 yards up a grassy hill outside the UTC mall in August of 2014 and tried to sexually assault her was sentenced Oct. 16 to life in prison plus four years consecutively.

Adan Espinoza Moore Jr., 23, will have to serve seven years of his life sentence plus four years before he would be eligible for parole, said Deputy District Attorney Aidee Brunner.

The victim, now 22, was attacked at 8:20 p.m. Aug. 20, 2014 as she walked towards a pedestrian bridge over La Jolla Village Drive.

Moore’s attorney, Mary Privo, blamed much of the incident on Moore’s addiction to viewing pornography, saying “He was so desensitized to his addiction. He became almost like a robot.”

In the probation report, Moore said he had been viewing pornography since age 9 and sometimes looked at it on his cell phone. Moore, of Mira Mesa, worked as a landscaper.

Privo described the incident as “a fairly short event” because two bystanders heard the victim’s screams and their intervention caused Moore to run away. Moore told the two bystanders that she was his girlfriend, but she screamed that wasn’t true.

Moore told the judge he took responsibility for committing “a stupid mistake in my life.” The prosecutor took issue with the word “mistake,” saying it was much more.

The jury convicted Moore June 9 of kidnapping for rape (which carries the life term), four counts of assault involving choking the victim and assault with intent to commit rape.

Valentine ordered Moore to register as a sex offender for life. He was given credit for spending 384 days in jail and fined nearly $11,000.

He was arrested Nov. 17, 2014, after DNA on the victim matched his. The probation report described several prior incidents in 2013 and 2014 in which his DNA may have been taken by authorities.

In 2013, Moore disrupted classes at Mesa College while he was drinking heavily and was pepper sprayed when he battered an officer. In 2014, he asked lewd questions to a female student.

-- Neal Putnam

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