Ten lousy bucks was all Jorge Pacheco Hernandez thought it would take to buy the silence of a seven-year-old Garden Grove girl he molested in August 2008.
But the girl refused his money and told her mother about the molestations.
Hernandez, who rented a room in the family's house, admitted when confronted by the girl's mother that he'd "touched the little girl" and made "a stupid mistake" after a pornographic magazine aroused him.
An Orange County prosecutor proved three sex crimes and Superior Court Judge Lance Jensen ordered prison as punishment in 2010.
An unhappy Hernandez appealed his conviction by claiming that he'd been robbed of a fair trial when Jensen allowed the jury to hear the contents of the girl's original interviews with a police officer and with a county social worker.
His point: How could anyone trust the word of a second grader?
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(A much better question: What kind of scumbag wants to have sex with a second grader?)
A California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana this week determined that Jensen had properly admitted the interviews after determining that the girl's statements had been reliable.
Upshot: Hernandez, 44, will continue to serve his 15 years to life sentence at the one of California's most horrific hellholes: Corcoran State Prison, home to the likes of Phil Spector and Charlie Manson.