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