Todd Burpee pleaded not guilty to additional criminal charges Monday in an arraignment following his preliminary hearing last week, which included gripping testimony from victim "Jane Doe," a 17-year-old Gunn High School student when she was attacked, kidnapped and sexually assaulted Oct. 30.
All are felonies, but forcible sexual penetration is considered a "strike" offense and carries a prison sentence of 25 years to life, Leonard said.
Represented by Daniel Olmos of Palo Alto law firm Nolan, Armstrong and Barton, Burpee entered a not guilty plea to all the charges and said he waived his right to a speedy trial.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Rise Jones Pichon set a jury trial date for 8:30 a.m. on June 30 in Department 84.
Leonard said he is planning for a trial, which would likely be held in San Jose with Judge Thang Nguyen Barrett, who presided over the preliminary hearing.
Burpee confessed to Palo Alto police that he attacked and abducted the Gunn student. The victim said she was entering her apartment building after returning from school on Oct. 30 when Burpee grabbed her. She said she was choked and her head was slammed against the ground several times.
She was then thrown into a car, driven around and sexually assaulted before she escaped in Sunnyvale.
"I wanted to die because it was so painful," she said last week.
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