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January rape trial set for martial arts instructor
A January trial date has been set for a local martial arts instructor accused of sexually assaulting a woman he hired to be his children’s nanny.
Jose Luis Acanda–Montano, 33, of Spotsylvania County, will face a jury in Spotsylvania Circuit Court on Jan. 15 and 16, 2014, on charges of rape and forcible sodomy. The trial date was set during an arraignment Thursday morning.
The woman testified in Spotsylvania General District Court in July that the incident occurred on Feb. 5, two weeks after she started working for the Acanda family as a live-in nanny. She and her young son lived in the basement of the Heritage Hills home.
She testified that the incident occurred while Acanda–Montano’s wife was out of the country and her son was visiting grandparents out of state.
She said that Acanda–Montano had sold a company car that day and wanted to celebrate, so he asked her to go to the store to buy some alcohol. By the time she returned, she said he had already put his two children to bed.
She said they chatted for a few moments about music and he offered her some of the alcohol, which she accepted. She testified that she didn’t drink a lot and went down to the basement.
The woman testified that when she came back upstairs to do some laundry, Acanda–Montano came up behind her, grabbed the back of her neck and assaulted her. She said she broke away from him twice, but he caught her and continued the assault.
She said after he left, she locked herself in her bedroom for about 30 minutes before calling her sister and 911.
Acanda–Montano, the owner of Boa Martial Arts Inc. on Bragg Road, is free on bond pending his trial.
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