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Man Charged with Breaking into San Jose Home, Sexually Assaulting Child

For release on August 10, 2021


Jing-Lan Lee
Deputy District Attorney
Sexual Assault Unit
(408) 808-3731


Man Charged with Breaking into San Jose Home, Sexually Assaulting Child

A 24-year-old man has been charged with breaking into a San Jose home and sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.

Based on the accurate description by the victim, a quick-thinking and vigilant patrol officer located the suspect on a street a mile away soon after the incident and took him into custody.

Dupree Kenneth Hornsby, whose last known address is in Stockton, stands charged with rape of a child and other serious felonies. He will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in Department 24 of the Hall of Justice in San Jose. Hornsby faces life in prison, if convicted.

“This nightmare of a crime has shaken all of us,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said. “The alert police officer who saw and arrested this predator just hours later, and before anyone else was hurt, is a credit to the badge and our community.”

On the morning of August 6th, the child was playing in her own home when she was grabbed by a stranger. Hornsby locked the child in a room and sexually assaulted her. When he stopped and let her go, she ran to a family member. The defendant fled. The child gave police an accurate description of the suspect.

The victim was interviewed and treated at the District Attorney’s Child Advocacy Center. With support from the County Board of Supervisors and non-profit agencies, the Center opened earlier this year as a safe, welcoming, and efficient place for child victims of sexual assault to get counseling, medical care, and work with police and prosecutors.



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Last updated: 8/10/2021 1:24 PM