Perez, 19, of Riverside, was sentenced today to 30 years to
life in state prison for using an 8-year-old boy's hand to ram a toy lightsaber up a 9-year-old boy's butt.
Given his age and appearance in this booking photo, one suspects Perez's future behind bars will be filled with things being shoved up his own ass.
A jury in May found Perez, who was 16 at the time of the crime but tried as an adult, 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.
Perez was hanging out with several children at a Santa Ana home the evening of July 16, 2008, when the 9-year-old boy was dropped off by his mother on her way to work. While other boys watched, Perez pushed the 9-year-old over the kitchen table, held the boy down and forced an 8-year-old boy to anally penetrate the 9-year-old with his hand.
Perez then switched over to the Star Wars-style lightsaber as the boy screamed and writhed in pain. Both boys testified during trial that the boy whose hand was taken over by the teen yelled, “Stop! You're hurting him!”
Perez had told all the youths present not to say anything to adults about what had happened.
Santa Ana's Oscar Antoniel Arreola, who was 19 at the time and 22 now, initially denied to police
that any crime had been committed by Perez. He was later charged
and pleaded guilty on Jan. 19, 2009, to one felony count of
accessory after the fact and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of formal probation.