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LA, OC serial rapist convicted of 35 charges

Monday, March 26, 2012
Robert Charles Lee is seen in this file photo. Lee was convicted March 26, 2012 of sexually assaulting 11 women in L.A. and Orange counties.

Robert Charles Lee is seen in this file photo. Lee was convicted March 26, 2012 of sexually assaulting 11 women in L.A. and Orange counties. (KABC Photo)

A man charged with sexually assaulting 11 women in L.A. and Orange counties was convicted Monday.

Robert Charles Lee, 40, was convicted of 35 charges, including 9 counts of forcible rape and 14 counts of forcible oral copulation.

Lee attacked his victims in their homes and often terrorized them with a knife. One woman was attacked twice in a matter of months. Most of the victims were between 55 and 75 years old.

Prosecutors say DNA samples from assaults in Los Angeles, Gardena, Carson and Brea led to a single suspect, Lee.

Defense attorney Patricia Green argued some victims described their assailant as a male Hispanic, or shorter than 5'7", while Lee is black and 6'1."

Lee's crime spree spanned almost a decade, until he was arrested in 2006. He faces more than 300 years to life in prison when he is sentenced April 13.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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