A Santa Rosa man who had keys to various Santa Rosa Junior College buildings and furnished a locked broom closet with personal items pleaded no contest to raping a fellow dance class student at a campus swim center.
Marco Deanda-Vargas, 30, made the plea bargain with prosecutors Friday as both sides were preparing for his upcoming trial.
He faces up to six years in prison at his March sentencing instead of a maximum of 24 years if he had been convicted on all counts.
In addition to forcible rape, Deanda-Vargas had been charged with sodomy, digital penetration and possession of burglary tools.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss all but the rape count and a misdemeanor possession of stolen property in exchange for his plea.
The case raised awareness of the issue of acquaintance rape and helped focus attention on campus sexual assaults.
The 23-year-old victim testified at a preliminary hearing that she had become friends with Deanda-Vargas through a nighttime dance class they were both taking.
Because he had so many school keys, she thought he was a teaching assistant, she testified.
Campus police officers testified he was not a school employee. He later told them he found the keys, an officer testified.
On March 15, the woman testified, she had coffee with Deanda-Vargas after class.