Man sentenced to 20 years for attempted rape, kidnapping


An Augusta man who attacked a woman after hiding in the back of her vehicle pleaded guilty Friday to kidnapping and attempted rape.


Jairo Rosas, 23, was charged with rape and kidnapping after the Jan. 9, 2012, attack. Assistant District At­tor­ney Sam Nicholson said Fri­day that he agreed to reduce the rape charge to ensure a conviction and prison sentence.

Richmond County Super­ior Court Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced Rosas to 20 years in prison. Because Rosas is not a U.S. citizen, he could face deportation when he is released.

Last year, the woman finished her shift at a Wrights­boro Road restaurant and drove a couple of co-workers home before heading home herself. After she was alone, Nich­ol­son said, Rosas forced his way into the driver’s seat and drove to a wooded area near the airport. The woman told investigators that Rosas raped her and drove her home.

Rosas had a previous conviction of contributing to the delinquency of a minor in 2009, Nicholson said.

According to the sex offender registry law, a person convicted of aggravated assault with intent to rape must register as a sex offender.

Augusta man in jail on kidnapping, rape charges