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Dublin: Transient man convicted of sexually assaulting woman he met on BART

Meini Foster convicted for assaulting intoxicated woman departing from Dublin-Pleasanton

A transient man from San Francisco was convicted July 20 of two counts of forced oral copulation and one count of rape for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman in San Leandro who he met at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station.

Jurors, who deliberated for less than a day and a half, also convicted 29-year-old Meini Foster of multiple kidnapping clauses. He faces a state prison term of up to 75 years to life when he's sentenced by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul Delucchi on Sept. 28.

However, they found him not guilty of an attempted sodomy charge, according to prosecutor Tim Wellman.

Police and prosecutors said the victim, who's in her 20s, works in San Francisco and after work on the night of Dec. 15, 2016, she drank alcohol with work colleagues at a holiday party for more than six hours before she entered the Powell Street BART station in San Francisco at about 11:20 p.m.

According to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, the victim boarded the Dublin-Pleasanton BART train instead of the Pittsburg-Bay Point train, which she needed to take in order to get home to her apartment in Walnut Creek. She arrived at the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station just after midnight on Dec. 16, which is where she crossed paths with Foster, according to BART surveillance video footage.

The video showed Foster with the victim at the Dublin-Pleasanton station before they boarded a train to the Bay Fair BART station in San Leandro, according to the DA's Office.

BART surveillance camera footage shows that the woman was "swaying back and forth and had trouble maintaining her balance" and "is so intoxicated she falls forward onto her hands and knees," San Leandro police Officer Deborah Trujillo wrote in a probable cause statement.

She was seen leaving the Bay Fair BART station in San Leandro with Foster at about 1:04 a.m. the next day, the police report says.

Trujillo said Foster pulled her close to him when she tried to walk away from him and then led her down the stairs toward the station's exit.

Foster then continued to lead the woman as she stumbled and took her into the BART station's parking lot, according to Trujillo.

Foster next forced the woman onto nearby railroad tracks between Hesperian Boulevard and Halcyon Drive and forced her to orally copulate him by using physical force and verbal threats, Trujillo said.

The woman yelled for help and tried to free herself from Foster but he raped and sodomized her, according to Trujillo.

The woman continued to try to run and fight and yell for help but Foster again forced her to orally copulate him, Trujillo said.

Foster finally left the woman in the mud at the railroad tracks but she had a hard time finding her way and when she knocked on a family's door at 3 a.m. to ask for help the residents mistook her for a burglar, ordered her to leave and called 911, according to Trujillo.

However, police finally found the woman and took her to a hospital, where they conducted a sexual assault examination on her, Trujillo said.

The DNA that was found on the woman matches Foster's, which was in the criminal justice system database because he had a prior sexual assault conviction, police said.

Wellman said that during Foster's trial he was allowed to present evidence that in 2015 Foster sexually assaulted a homeless woman at the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station and in 2016 he sexually battered a 16-year-old girl on a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus.

Editor's note: Story by Bay City News Service, with reporter Erika Alvero contributing.

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Posted by June
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 10, 2018 at 10:47 pm

Lock him up for life and let him rot. There is a special place in hell for this pervert scum.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 10, 2018 at 10:56 pm

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

...but set free a murderer who picked up a gun and shot a woman walking by?


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