A 37-year-old Tustin man was sentenced Friday to 44 years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to raping a woman he persuaded to give him a ride home.
A charge of kidnapping was dropped against Michael Curtis Hernandez, according to Orange County Deputy District Attorney Rebecca Reed.
Hernandez had been accused of meeting the 21-year-old woman on Dec. 1, 2013, at a grocery store in Orange and repeatedly sexually assaulting her after they arrived at his home until she managed to escape about 3 a.m. the next day, according to prosecutors.
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Hernandez had been charged with four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of forcible rape, and one count each of sodomy by force, sexual penetration by a foreign object and force, kidnapping to commit a sex offense and false imprisonment by violence or deceit, all felonies.
Hernandez had a prior strike conviction for kidnapping in 2003.