A federal inmate connected to two sexual assaults last summer has been brought back to Lancaster County.
Jaime Villasenor, 33, was booked into jail Friday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree sexual assault after completing a four-year federal prison sentence for re-entering the U.S. illegally.
An arrest warrant says he is accused of raping a woman who was walking home from downtown Lincoln in November 2006. He’s also accused of raping a cab driver in January 2007, the warrant says.
In both cases, the women said their attacker held a knife to their throats and threatened to cut them if they weren’t quiet or if they didn’t cooperate.
In June 2015, Villasenor’s DNA was matched to DNA taken at the time of the alleged rapes.
He was deported in September 2006 after a conviction for second-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon two years earlier in Los Angeles County, California, according to federal court documents.
In January 2007, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Omaha received notice that Villasenor was in jail in Lancaster County on a first-degree sexual assault charge. He told authorities he had gotten back into the country a year earlier, and U.S. Marshals took him into custody.
In August 2007, Villasenor was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. He was deported a second time on July 21, 2010, and came back in 2012, when he was arrested in Texas, documents say.
A Lancaster County judge set Villasenor's bond at $500,000 bond and ordered him not to have any contact with the women.