Man Convicted Of Sexually Penetrating Women At Port-a-Potties

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NAPA, CA — A Richmond man faces up to 16 years and eight months in California state prison after a Napa County jury convicted him Tuesday of sexual penetration by force in incidents involving port-a-potties at two Bay Area music festivals in May 2019, including BottleRock Napa Valley, Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley announced.

Jurors also found the defendant, 42-year-old Peterson Fontes, guilty of one count of second-degree burglary and one count of vandalism, as well as a special allegation that the damage caused by the vandalism was over $400, Haley said in a news release.

Prosecutors say Fontes cut holes into the back of portable toilets and, with his fingers, sexually penetrated two women while they were using the toilets at BottleRock Napa Valley in May 2019 and at a street festival/fair that same month in Alameda County, according to the district attorney’s office.

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Napa Police Department Detective Brandt Keown led the investigation of Fontes, who was arrested when he was caught behind the port-a-potties at BottleRock Napa Valley.

“This was a unique situation where the defendant targeted multiple victims in portable bathrooms where they were at their most vulnerable,” said Napa County Deputy District Attorney Kristen Orlando, who prosecuted the case.

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Napa County Superior Court Judge Scott Young presided over the trial, which included testimony from both women.

“The bravery of both survivors to come forward and face their abuser is a true testament to their extraordinary courage,” Orlando said. “I am grateful to this jury — like my team, our office and myself — they believed in the survivors, honored their bravery and helped them achieve justice through this conviction.”

Napa County District Attorney Investigators Ana Baber and Sharon Fong assisted in the prosecution, and Sexual Assault Victim Services provided advocacy for the survivors, according to the district attorney’s office.

Fontes is being held without bail. His sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 14.


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