A Riverside teen who three years ago sexually assaulted a 9-year-old boy by anally penetrating him with a toy lightsaber and the hand of another child was convicted by a Fullerton jury today and could get 30 years to life in state prison at his July 22 sentencing.
The force was sick with this one: Javier Enrique Perez, 19, was tried as an adult before being found guilty of one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object by force, one felony count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and two felony counts of forcible lewd acts on a child under 14, with sentencing enhancements for lewd acts on multiple children and substantial sexual conduct with a child.
According to a conviction statement from the Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA), the 9-year-old boy was dropped off at a babysitter's Santa Ana home around 5 p.m. on July 16, 2008. Several other children and teens, ages 8 to 19, were also at the house, including family friend Perez, then 16.
As two other young boys watched, Perez pushed the 9-year-old down over the kitchen table and held him there. He then forced an 8-year-old boy to stick his hand up the 9-year-old's butt, which was followed by the lightsaber held by Perez.
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The little victim yelled in pain and struggled to break free. The two young observers testified at trial that the boy screamed, "Stop! You're hurting him!" They were all directed by Perez not to say anything about the assault.
It didn't work.
The 9-year-old told his mother what happened after she arrived around 9 p.m. to pick him up. Orange County Social Services and the Santa Ana Police Department were then called, which led to an investigation that culminated in Perez's arrest.
He wasn't the only one in hot water. The 19-year-old in the home at the time, Oscar Antoniel Arreola, now 22, of Santa Ana, initially denied to police that any crime had been committed by Perez. Arreola was later charged and pleaded guilty in January 2009 to one felony count of accessory after the fact. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of probation.