|Roadside attacker to serve 15 years
A Cotati man will serve a prison term of 15 years and eight months after pleading no contest to three felony sexual assault charges on Thursday, Sept. 27.
Thomas Boccaleoni, 47, was convicted of the charges and also admitted he had a prior strike conviction for a 2005 residential burglary. Under terms of the plea, Boccaleoni agreed to the stipulated prison term, of which he must serve 85 percent before being eligible for parole.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “We are pleased that DNA evidence allowed law enforcement to catch this sexual predator so that we could bring him to justice before he could harm any other women,” Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.
The charges involved three women who were pulled over on separate occasions by a car flashing headlights on rural roads in Sonoma County and then sexually assaulted. The acts occurred between November 2008 and April 2009, and each charge on which he has been convicted represents an offense against a different victim.
In all three cases, the women were followed by a vehicle flashing its headlights while following behind them on rural Bennett Valley Road and Calistoga Road, and on Bodega Highway west of Sebastopol. In each of the three cases, the women pulled their cars over and were eventually sexually assaulted. Two of the victims were able to identify Boccaleoni as the man who assaulted them. DNA evidence linked Boccaleoni to the third victim.