Man charged with sexual assault at Yosemite

The former employee is being accused of sexually assaulting a coworker.

A man has been charged with raping an employee at Yosemite National Park.

The Department of Justice announced Thursday that Nathan Baptista, 36, has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse. 

The big picture: Court documents state that Baptista forcibly raped and strangled a female park employee after meeting her the same night on May 31. 

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney Arin C. Heinz is prosecuting the case. 
  • The National Park Service investigated the case. 

What we’re watching: Baptista faces a maximum of life in prison if he is convicted. 

  • He also could face a fine of $250,000. 

Correction: A previous version of this story identified Baptista as an employee at Yosemite National Park, which the Department of Justice announced. Baptista was not an employee of the National Park Service or Yosemite National Park.

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