Convicted rapist sentenced to life in prison for two Virginia Beach assaults

Lesbia Simon Matsoake, 42, was sentenced on Dec. 16 to a lifetime plus 40 years in prison after he was convicted of two forcible sodomy charges by two Virginia Beach juries. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
Lesbia Simon Matsoake, 42, was sentenced on Dec. 16 to a lifetime plus 40 years in prison after he was convicted of two forcible sodomy charges by two Virginia Beach juries. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

A convicted rapist will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting two women in Virginia Beach.

Lesbia Simon Matsoake, 42, was sentenced Friday to a lifetime plus 40 years in prison after he was convicted earlier this year of two forcible sodomy charges by two juries.

The first Virginia Beach assault happened in 2004 when Matsoake forced a 22-year-old woman to perform oral sex on him while she was skinny dipping at the Oceanfront, according to a Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney news release.

The woman was celebrating her first gig as a comedian on June 11, 2004 when she decided to skinny dip near 63rd Street. While in the water, a naked Matsoake approached the woman, forcing her to the ground as water crashed over her head, the release states.

Matsoake assaulted the woman and left. She got into her car and drove toward a police station. Before she arrived, she found an officer on the side of the road and flagged him down to report the assault.

The second assault happened on Dec. 10, 2006 when Matsoake targeted an intoxicated woman walking alone in a Norfolk parking garage.

The 23-year-old woman was in the Waterside area of Norfolk having drinks with her family and fiance. She and her fiance got into an argument, and she walked into a parking garage by herself, the release states.

Matsoake lured her into his vehicle, and she woke up in a deserted parking lot off of Miller Store Road. Matsoake threatened her with a gun and knife, and during the assault he pulled her hair, scratched her neck and hit her in the face.

When he was done, Matsoake cleaned the woman’s hands and fingernails before throwing her out of the car without her cell phone. The victim knocked on doors until she found someone to help her call the police.

In both cases, the victims were able to save Matsoake’s DNA, which was used to determine him as the assailant.

Police tracked Matsoake to North Carolina in 2007, where his wife told them he’d confessed to some sexual assaults in that state before fleeing to his native South Africa.  Matsoake was extradited to North Carolina in 2012, where he was sentenced to 20 to 25 years for a rape that occurred on June 10, 2003, according to the release.

On Dec. 16 Virginia Beach Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis sentenced Matsoake to 40 years in prison for the 2004 assault and a lifetime in prison for the 2006 assault.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.