Bail set at $1M in sex assault of 70-year-old woman

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John Wilson Kreischer

John Wilson Kreischer (l) and his lawyer (r) at Kreischer's video arraingment

EL CAJON, Calif. — A previously paroled sex offender accused of sexually assaulting a 70-year-old Jacumba resident in her home pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of assault with intent to commit a sex offense and hot prowl residential burglary.

John Wilson Kreischer

John Wilson Kreischer (l) and his lawyer (r) at Kreischer’s video arraingment

John Wilson Kreischer, 68, whose criminal history includes convictions for forcible rape and lewd conduct with a child under 14 from the 1970s and 80s, was ordered held on $1 million bail.

Kreischer faces 41 years to life in prison if convicted of the current charges, said Deputy District Attorney Kerry Conway.

The defendant allegedly entered the 70-year-old woman’s house late Monday morning, then forcibly kissed and fondled her. After several minutes, her attacker left and drove off in a white pickup truck, according to sheriff’s investigators.

The woman then made an emergency call. A short time later, deputies found Kreischer in the area and took him into custody.

Kreischer had been on parole due to a 2009 arrest for failing to register as a sex offender. Kreischer was previously registered in San Diego, and as a transient in Lemon Grove, sheriff’s officials said.

Judge Evan Kirvin scheduled a readiness conference for July 30 and an Aug. 5 preliminary hearing.

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