Ryan Chartrand

A Pismo Beach man was arrested Thursday after allegedly sexually assaulting another man near Pirate’s Cove.

According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department, 59-year-old Ronald James Tomasini was taken into custody after returning to the scene of the assault. Deputies say he crossed barrier tape in an apparent attempt to remove evidence from the site.

The alleged victim, a 34-year-old Santa Maria man, was injured during the attack and was treated at Marian Medical Center, deputies said.

The assault occurred at approximately 1 a.m. near Cave Landing Road. In recent years, the area has become notorious for illicit sexual activity.

It is not yet known if Tomasini and the suspected victim were acquainted prior to the incident.

Tomasini was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of assault with intent to commit rape, sexual assault with force, sodomy and tampering with evidence.

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