A man who admitted to sexually assaulting two women sunbathing behind a Temecula residence was sentenced Monday, June 13, to four years in state prison.
Jacob Brian Paulsen, 26, of Temecula, pleaded guilty in April to assault with intent to rape, sexual assault and contacting a minor to commit a felony. In exchange for his confession, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped three related felony charges.
Superior Court Judge Paul Dickerson certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence proposed by the prosecution and the defense.
According to Sheriff Sgt. Ed Seltzer, on the afternoon of March 2, 2021, Paulsen entered the backyard of a property in the 41,000 block of Zinfandel Avenue, stripped, and lunged at two women basking in the sun.
The victims, whose identities have not been disclosed, resisted his sexual assaults, and the accused eventually backed down, grabbing his clothes and running away, according to investigators.
The women were uninjured and immediately called 911. Patrol officers arrived within minutes.
They located and arrested Paulsen without incident shortly thereafter.
At the time of the attack on the women, Paulsen was on probation and out on bail after his arrest three months earlier for contacting a girl with the alleged intent to commit unspecified acts. This case was incorporated into one that prosecutors filed in the sun assault.
Paulsen had no prior documented felony convictions in Riverside County. However, he was convicted of a misdemeanor from 2018 for assault and battery, according to court records.