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97 years to life for Marine convicted of rapes

Posted: 6:07 AM, Feb 05, 2016
Updated: 2016-02-05 23:51:05Z

A former Camp Pendleton Marine who raped and sexually assaulted six women along El Cajon Boulevard over a five-year period was sentenced Friday to 97 years to life in state prison.

Ted Amparan, 41, was convicted last year of rape, assault with intent to commit rape and kidnapping for rape.

Deputy District Attorney Mary-Ellen Barrett said most of the victims were working as prostitutes, except one who was lost and coming from a party when Amparan approached her in his car.

The prosecutor said the first victim was attacked in 2007, then four others in September 2010 and another in September 2011. She said Amparan attacked women who weren't likely to report the crimes.

"This isn't one period of aberrant behavior," the prosecutor said in court today. "He kept doing it."

The fact that Amparan was in military uniform when he committed most of the sexual assaults was an aggravating factor in the case, Barrett said.

She said Amparan would pick up prostitutes on El Cajon Boulevard, then drive them to a parking lot along Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley, where freeway noise made it difficult for anyone to hear their screams.

Amparan told one victim, "Go ahead and scream, nobody will hear you," the prosecutor told Judge Melinda Lasater.

The woman who was coming from a party when she was targeted was also taken to the Mission Valley location, but was able to scale a six-foot-fence and run across a freeway to get to safety, according to the prosecutor.