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Cotati Man Pleads No Contest to Three Sex Charges

Thomas Boccaleoni will serve 15 years, eight months and have seven other charges dropped.

By Bay City News Service

A Cotati man charged with the roadside groping and sexual assaults of three female drivers in Sonoma County pleaded no contest this morning to three of the 10 felony charges he was facing.

Thomas Boccaleoni, 47, pleaded no contest in Sonoma County Superior Court to forcible anal or genital penetration on Nov. 18, 2008, attempted sexual battery on Jan. 6, 2009, and assault with intent to commit rape on April 18, 2009.

Boccaleoni will be sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison on Nov. 7 as part of his plea agreement, under which the other seven charges against him will be dropped. His trial was scheduled for Nov. 2. He had faced 28 years in prison if convicted of all 10 charges.

According to testimony at his preliminary hearing, on two occasions, Boccaleoni flashed the headlights of his car at vehicles with female drivers. Each time, when the driver pulled over, he told her to call 911 because there had been a motorcycle accident. He would then sexually assault the women. In the third incident, when the female driver pulled over, Boccaleoni told her that her car was leaking fluid and might catch fire, according to the preliminary hearing testimony. He then wedged himself between her car door and fondled her from her thigh to her neck, according to the testimony.

Boccaleoni this morning admitted having a prior strike for committing a residential burglary in San Francisco on Dec. 15, 2005. That admission doubled his sentence in the Sonoma County roadside assaults case to 15 years and eight months. Defense attorney Andy Martinez said Boccaleoni agreed to plead no contest because he didn't want any of the women to have to testify.

There also was an issue about the availability of DNA evidence against Boccaleoni throughout the legal proceedings, Martinez said. The defense alleged that some of the evidence had been destroyed at a Department of Justice lab in the East Bay.

Boccaleoni will have to register as a sex offender and will be on parole for 10 years after is released from prison, Martinez said. He has been in jail since his arrest on April 28, 2009, and will receive some credit for time served.

Michael Bracewell September 28, 2012 at 01:37 AM
This is a bad man, I wish his punishment was much more than he received. When he gets out he will more than likely continue doing what he does.
Vermillion September 28, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I agree. The punishment needs to be more. This is a sick individual!
Bee Ben September 28, 2012 at 10:17 PM
And more like him still walk among us...
kbocc September 29, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Don't believe everything you read. He is a innocent man who was framed for this. Just because it is written in the paper does not mean its true. 30% of individuals in prison are actually innocent. Remember he has family and daughters before you post such hurtful things.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson September 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Where there is smoke there is undoubtely fire. And who would take 15 years up the river if they were innocent...?
krysryan September 29, 2012 at 11:49 PM
You all should consider what you are posting before you post it. It is true that not everything that is posted online and in the paper is always correct. There is probably a ton of information that is unknown to the public. If you feel that you have no respect for this individual that is one thing..but consider his poor family who has to go all those years without a father or son and if he did do it, the family has to also deal with that. No matter how you spin it, it comes down to people hurting. If he did do it, then he needs to serve time but because he took a deal no one may ever know for sure. Taking a deal does not make you guilty. There are many reasons for why people make the decision to take a deal. Please consider all the factors that could play into this before you post such hurtful things. You are entitled to your opinions but your hateful words do not always need to be posted for the world to see. Please have some compassion for the family because hateful comments do not make the situation any better for anyone.
Bee Ben October 02, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Can't do the time? DON'T DO THE CRIME.

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