An Anaheim man was sentenced Friday to six years in state prison and must register as a sex offender after a jury found him guilty in March of sexually assaulting a Chapman University student in last September.
Dalante Jerome Bell, 22, was charged with wearing a mask that hid his face and attacking the 18-year-old student on school campus while she was video chatting with her boyfriend. She was able to fight Bell while others on campus came to her aid.
In response to the attack, Chapman University increased campus patrols.
Security camera footage played during the trial captured part of the struggle, appearing to show the woman falling to the ground and flailing her legs as the man is on top of her. The woman said she screamed and kicked him.
He fled, but multiple security cameras captured him as he left the area. Police later released footage they said showed the man after removing his mask.
After Bell’s father saw this footage on the news, he convinced Bell to turn himself in to the police.
The woman testified that she briefly chased after Bell after the alleged attack while shouting profanities at him, but denied using racial epithets, which he accused her of doing.
She said she did not know her ethnicity as a mask covered her face.