Suspect In Sexual Assault Of Female Jogger Near Santa Paula Ordered To Stand Trial

Thursday September 19, 2019

     A man accused of sexually assaulting at least one woman jogger near Santa Paula six years ago has been ordered to stand trial on a host of charges including kidnap for robbery and forcible rape.

   The judge also found sufficient evidence to hold 39-year-old Leroy Tracy of Santa Paula on several special allegations regarding aggravated sex crimes and disuading a witness by force or threat.

   The Santa Paula woman was jogging in the 15000 block of Santa Paula Street just west of the city limits in May of 2013 when she was grabbed by a man with a knife and dragged into a nearby orchard where she was sexually assaulted and also threatened.

   The suspect then fled.

   DNA evidence was gathered but for almost five years it did not match any in the system.

   But the authorities allege that in 2018 they got a hit.

   They say Tracy had been arrested on an unrelated crime and his DNA went into the system and matched the DNA from the Santa Paula rape case.

    He was arrested and charged with that crime.

    Tracy remains in the Ventura County Jail with bail set at $750,000.

    He is due back in court October 3rd to have a trial date set.