Defendant Sentenced for Charges Stemming from Sexual Assault
DATE: January 14, 2019
CASE: Harpreet Singh (Case #16FE018212)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Matt Chisholm, Adult Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit
The Honorable Helena Gweon sentenced Harpreet Singh to 34 years to life in prison. On September 19, 2018, a jury convicted Singh of felony counts of assault with the intent to commit a forcible sexual penetration, conspiracy to intimidate a witness, witness intimidation by force and kidnapping for extortion. Singh also admitted to a 2011 strike conviction for rape of an unconscious person.
In 2016, Singh invited an acquaintance to his house and assaulted her in his bedroom. The victim reported the sexual assault the next morning and underwent a sexual assault evidentiary exam. The sex assault case was set for jury trial in October 2017. Approximately one week prior to the trial, Singh and his co-conspirators kidnapped and threatened the victim not to testify in the trial. The victim was released without being harmed, but she continued to be threatened throughout the remainder of the week. When the victim reported the kidnap and intimidation to law enforcement, Singh was arrested and additional charges were filed.