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Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact in Sequoia National Park

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — Luis Eduardo Sanchez-Azpeitia, 46, a Mexican national who was working in Sequoia National Park on a work visa, pleaded guilty today to abusive sexual contact with a female co-worker, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. 

According to court documents, on July 31, 2023, Sanchez-Azpeitia entered the victim’s cabin in Sequoia National Park and committed non-consensual acts of abusive sexual contact, including touching her breasts, inner thighs, and vagina. The victim did not consent to any of the defendant’s sexual conduct, repeatedly told the defendant no, and tried to make him stop his sexual advances.

This case is the product of an investigation by the National Park Service with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katrina Brownson and Karen Escobar are prosecuting the case.

Sanchez-Azpeitia is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on Feb. 26, 2024. Sanchez-Azpeitia faces a maximum statutory penalty of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Updated October 23, 2023

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