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August 4, 2022: Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting Torrance Woman

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that his office has filed rape charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman walking her dogs in Torrance.

“Sexual violence is intolerable. We cannot call ourselves a civilized society when a woman isn’t safe doing something as routine as walking her dogs.” District Attorney Gascón said.

“This crime sent shock waves through the South Bay community and we thank the Torrance Police Department for quickly solving this case. The victim in this case exhibited incredible bravery. This awful attack could have ended even more tragically were it not for her tremendous will. Our Bureau of Victim Services stands ready to support her and all victims of sexual assault.”

Darrell Dean Waters (dob 6/28/76) of Los Angeles faces one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by use of force.

Case YA106269 includes allegations of inflicting great bodily injury and a prior robbery conviction in 1994.

Arraignment was scheduled yesterday but continued to today in Dept. 4 of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Torrance Branch.

On July 31, Waters allegedly attacked the woman as she finished walking her two dogs. The defendant was found and arrested two days later.

The case remains under investigation by the Torrance Police Department.