SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A former music instructor convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls was sentenced Friday to prison.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, David Elifar Verduzco, 35, of Anaheim was ordered to spend 30 years to life in state prison.READ MORE: FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Emergency Use Authorization For Johnson & Johnson Booster
On Oct. 1, jurors convicted Verduzco of felony sexual penetration of a child 10 years or younger and three counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor.
He also faced two misdemeanor counts each of child annoyance and using a concealed device to record another without their consent, the District Attorney’s Office said.
According to the jury, sentencing enhancements were found to be true for substantial sexual conduct of multiple victims.
Police said on Aug. 28, 2011, Verduzco sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl while babysitting for her in Tustin.
He offered her money, which she refused, and then reached under her nightgown and sexually assaulted her, officers explained.
Authorities said when she refused him, Verduzco gave her an angry look and threatened her to not tell anyone about what he did.
Verduzco also molested a 12-year-old female taking piano lessons from him at a church from January to September 2011.
Officials said he would “flirt with the girl, kiss her on the cheek and sometimes even place his hand on her thigh during lessons.”READ MORE: Some Parent Groups Proposing Monday 'Sit-Outs' At Schools To Protest Against Vaccine Mandates
During one lesson, police said, Verduzco used his foot to slip his phone under her skirt and create a video. Her mother saw her daughter text messaging him late one night and reported the inappropriate action to the church pastor.
The pastor proceeded to kick him out of the Agape House of Prayer’s worship team and alerted the other victim’s family of his actions. As a result, the 9-year-old victim admitted Verduzco had sexually assaulted her as well.
He admitted to sexually assaulting both girls.
In court Friday, parents of the victims said they felt betrayed by the defendant. He reportedly apologized and asked for God’s forgiveness.
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