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Alleged SRJC rape detailed in court

A Santa Rosa Junior College student testified Monday she was raped by a classmate who had keys to several campus buildings, including the swim center where she was attacked.

The 23-year-old woman testified the man she believed was a teaching assistant, Marco DeAnda-Vargas, 30, also had keys to a Shushaw Hall utility closet, where he kept personal items and bragged about spying on women in two adjoining bathrooms.

He furnished the closet with synthetic grass, brought in food and books, and talked about plans to "build something" on the roof, she testified.

DeAnda-Vargas would never say where he got the vast assortment of keys that seemed to fit locks all over campus, she said.

"I thought he was working for the school," the woman testified in a preliminary hearing for DeAnda-Vargas, who's charged with forcible rape, sodomy and digital penetration along with two misdemeanors.

A campus police officer later testified that DeAnda-Vargas was not a school employee. A search of his apartment turned up other keys that DeAnda-Vargas claimed he found, Officer Joe Richardson said.

"He was not authorized to have any key to the school," Richardson testified.

It does not appear DeAnda-Vargas could see into the women's restroom or had drilled any "peepholes" from the utility closet, Richardson said. Other items found inside included a pillow, reading material and personal lubricant, Richardson said.

The woman testified she met DeAnda-Vargas in January in her Thursday night dance class. The two became friends, eventually attending an off-campus event together at Ellington Hall in Santa Rosa.

She said her 40-year-old boyfriend was too tired to dance so DeAnda-Vargas, whom she thought was gay, filled in for him.


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