SANTA ANA (CBS) — A 19-year-old Riverside man was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in prison for the sexual assault of a then 9-year-old boy with a toy light saber in 2008.
Javier Enrique Perez, who was 16 at the tie of the attack, was convicted May 17. He was tried as an adult, despite being a juvenile at the time of the assault.
The victim’s mother dropped him off at a home at 5 p.m. so that the man could watch her son while she was at work.
Perez was home a the time along with Oscar Antoneil Arreola, then 19, and two boys, one 12, the other one 8, according to Deputy District Attorney Jana Hoffman.
Officials said Perez made the boy bend over a Christmas table, held him down and inserted the light saber into the boy’s anus. He also reportedly made the 8-year-old insert his hand in the boys buttocks.
After he told his mother what happened, she took him to a doctor but said he had no physical impairment.
Arreola and the two children testified against Perez.
He was convicted of felony sexual penetration with a foreign object, felony aggravated sexual assault of a child with a foreign object and two felony counts of forcible lewd acts on a child, according to Hoffmann.
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