A high school student accused of trying to rape his teacher pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a San Mateo County courtroom.
Summit Prep student David Andres Velasquez, 19, faces charges of kidnapping with the intent to rape, assault with the intent to commit rape, false imprisonment and making criminal threats. The charges can carry up to life in prison.
Velasquez will appear in court again on March 15 for a preliminary hearing.
According to the district attorney’s office, the student grabbed her from behind, put a knife to her side and ordered her to walk to her car and get in.
Velasquez allegedly threatened to kill her if she did not do as she was told. The victim recognized his voice as that of a student, so she intentionally dropped her keys in an effort to delay him.
He allegedly 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.
At that moment, another teacher entered the parking lot and screamed at him, causing him to get up and flee.
The defendant is in custody on $1,000,000 bail.
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