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Subway employee found guilty of sexually assaulting co-worker at Sacramento County store

Kenneth C. Anderson was convicted Friday of sexual assault.
Kenneth C. Anderson was convicted Friday of sexual assault. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

A Subway sandwich shop employee accused of sexually assaulting a co-worker in March 2014 and trying to stop her from reporting the attack could spend the rest of his life in prison after jurors found him guilty of the crimes.

Sacramento Superior Court jurors on Friday convicted Kenneth C. Anderson, 24, of five counts of forcible sexual penetration by a foreign object and a count of unlawfully attempting to dissuade the victim from reporting the crime to authorities, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Jurors also found true special allegations that Anderson bound and inflicted great bodily injury on the woman during the sexual attack.

Prosecutors said Anderson sneaked into the Auburn Boulevard shop in Foothill Farms on March 24, 2014, an hour before his co-worker was scheduled to arrive to open the store. He reset the alarm, then waited for the co-worker to arrive for her scheduled 6:30 a.m. shift, prosecutors said.

Anderson attacked her as she walked into the store, striking her in the head, taping her mouth with duct tape and covering her head with a shirt before sexually assaulting her, prosecutors said. Investigators at the time of Anderson’s arrest said the woman was brutally beaten during the attack. She freed herself and called for help about 8:30 a.m. and was taken to a hospital, authorities said.

Prosecutors in a statement lauded the woman’s “incredible bravery” in reporting the acts that led to Anderson’s arrest and conviction.

Anderson faces up to 125 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced Sept. 11 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Maryanne Gilliard.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith