More charges filed against man accused of breaking into SLO women’s homes

Posted at 3:07 PM, Sep 05, 2018

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has filed more charges against a man who police believe is responsible for breaking into two San Luis Obispo homes and assaulting the women who live there.

Arthur Rocha, 40, was arrested on Aug. 1 after police said evidence linked him to a reported sexual assault on July 8 and attempted sexual assault on July 13.

The Arroyo Grande man was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon, making criminal threats, and first-degree burglary, along with several enhancements that included the use of a deadly weapon, specifically, a knife.

On Wednesday, he was arraigned on additional charges of sexual penetration by a foreign object, forcible oral copulation, forcible rape, first-degree burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, and making criminal threats.

Arthur Rocha

Rocha appeared in court Wednesday morning and pleaded not guilty.

He is being held in San Luis Obispo County Jail on $1 million bail.

Rocha has prior convictions for first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary and possession of stolen property.

Previous coverage:
San Luis Obispo police arrest sexual assault suspect
Sexual assault suspect believed responsible for other crimes in SLO County
Suspect in SLO assaults pleads not guilty to felony charges