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September 4, 2015: Jury Finds Man Guilty of Sexually Assaulting, Kidnapping 10-Year-Old Girl from Northridge Home

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A 34-year-old man was found guilty today of 32 felony counts for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

A jury found Tobias Dustin Summers guilty of: 11 counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 or under; seven counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child: oral copulation; four counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child: sexual penetration; and two counts of sex or sodomy with a child 10 or under.

Deputy District Attorney Laura Knight said Summers also was found guilty of one count each of kidnapping; first-degree burglary; kidnapping to commit rape; forcible lewd act upon a child; aggravated sexual assault of a child: rape; aggravated sexual assault of a child: sodomy; using minor for sex act and possession of matter depicting minor engaging in sexual conduct.

The defendant faces multiple life terms in state prison at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 22 in Dept. 101 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The case number is PA076500.

On March 27, 2013, Summers kidnapped a 10-year-old girl from her Northridge home. Codefendant Daniel Martinez waited in a car outside the residence when Summers emerged from the house with the young victim. Martinez drove a short way before leaving the car.

According to evidence presented in court, Summers then drove the vehicle to numerous locations where he sexually assaulted the young girl. The victim was found nearly 12 hours later at the corner of Canoga Avenue and Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills, barefoot and with visible injuries.

Martinez was convicted on Nov. 7 of one count of first-degree burglary, person present, and sentenced to six years in state prison.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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