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Mar 25, 2010 1:14 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Fortuneteller charged with raping teens

A Southern California jury is deciding the fate of a fortuneteller accused of convincing teen girls he could turn around bleak futures if they had sex with him.

Cesar Duran is charged with forcible rape, lewd acts on a 14-year-old child and unlawful intercourse with a minor. The Torrance jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday and will deliberate Thursday.

Prosecutor Lana Kim says the 47-year-old Inglewood fortuneteller tricked the girls into having sex with him by telling them bad things would happen and he could help. The prosecutor says Duran told one girl "my spirit has to be in you."

Defense lawyer Gregory Humphries says Duran's videotaped confession came about because he was cold in a police interrogation room and wanted to end questioning.

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