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Man convicted of sexual assaults in Sacramento, Alameda counties

A 33-year-old man has been convicted of sexually assaulting women in Sacramento and Alameda counties.

A Sacramento County jury on Tuesday convicted Will Smith Jr. of multiple counts of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and assault with intent to commit rape, as well as kidnapping and robbery in separate attacks against three women.

On May 30, 2012, a woman was choked and sexually assaulted near Watt and El Camino avenues by a man she did not know. The victim submitted to a sexual assault examination.

The sexual assault kit was analyzed by the District Attorney’s Laboratory of Forensic Services, and a DNA profile was identified and submitted to the state DNA Data Bank, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. On Oct. 16, 2012, the District Attorney’s forensics lab was notified that the DNA profile matched Smith. Smith subsequently was arrested, charged and arraigned.

While Smith’s case was pending, the District Attorney’s Office was notified that Smith’s DNA profile matched the DNA profile from a January 2012 sexual assault and robbery of a woman in Oakland. He was also a suspect in another sexual assault in Oakland. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office authorized the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute the allegations arising out of Oakland.

Smith is to be sentenced Oct. 23 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Richard Sueyoshi.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy