AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsDuring closing arguments Monday, Reed’s attorney likened the case to the controversial novel “Lolita.” Like the title character, the victim in this case was no “wallflower,” Richard Kim argued. It’s not shocking that teenagers – like Lolita and Reed’s victim – choose to have sex, even with adults. But Deputy District Attorney Bea Dieringer reminded the jury how the girl spent nearly a day shamefully and tearfully testifying about how this “predator” took advantage of her naivete. “You heard that man testify – you could hear how slick he was,” Dieringer said of Reed. “What a con artist.” Reed met the girl at a South Los Angeles bus stop on Aug. 2, 2006. Reed, an amateur photographer, and the girl, who wants to be a model, agreed to the photo shoot to help both their portfolios. A 43-year-old man was convicted Wednesday of raping a 15-year-old girl during a photo shoot on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Torrance Superior Court jury also found Antoine Reed guilty of oral copulation of a minor and two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. After the verdicts were read, the girl’s mother, Staci Daniels, whispered “thank you” to the detective on the case and then loudly said: “Thank you, jurors.” The jury began deliberations early Tuesday, but started over again after one juror was replaced by an alternate. The jury of nine men and three women then deliberated about a day before reaching a verdict. The girl, who wore a school uniform and carried a book bag, was driven to the South Coast Botanic Garden. After Reed took some pictures, he told the girl to take off her clothes. When she refused, he pulled them off. Then, in a secluded area of the 87-acre garden, he raped and sexually assaulted her. During the two-week trial, the jurors heard how detectives linked Reed to the attack. The girl saw his name embroidered on his inside-out work shirt and described his rental car. In addition, DNA recovered from her body and clothes matched Reed’s. Reed was arrested in North Carolina and extradited to California to face charges. He has previous convictions for robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm, and faces 75 years to life in prison when he returns to court Jan. 31 to be sentenced by Judge James Brandlin. Reed originally represented himself, but then asked for an attorney partway through the trial. He admitted he had sex with the girl, but testified that he thought she was 19 years old. He said the sex was consensual and she expected $200 in return. Kim said Reed was “foolish” to represent himself, and asked the jury to disregard Reed’s opening statement. Kim told the jurors they should consider a lie the girl repeated to school administrators, police officers and a nurse. She said her assailant kidnapped her at knifepoint to get her in the car. She later acknowledged she went willingly, but lied because she felt embarrassed about it. “How do we trust her?” Kim asked. “The fact of the matter is, you’ll never know.” Kim also attacked the sheriff’s detective who handled the case for dismissing the girl’s kidnapping lie as something kids do in such situations. The girl, Kim added, had time to think about what she was doing and escape – but didn’t. “At some point, are we going to reward her for being stupid?” he asked. But Dieringer reminded the jury that the law protects even those who make mistakes – like getting in cars with strangers. She didn’t run when the situation became threatening, Dieringer said, because Reed told her he had a knife and she was afraid and isolated in unfamiliar territory. Outside court after the verdict, Daniels said she felt “relief.” She said her daughter still wants to model, and even has a job lined up for today. Dieringer said girls who watch “America’s Next Top Model” on television could easily be taken advantage of by predatory con artists like Reed. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!