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Child molester sentenced to 12 years

East Palo Alto man pleaded guilty to 2011 molestation

An East Palo Alto man who molested his 5-year-old cousin has been sentenced to 12 years in state prison, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Eliazar Martinez Sandoval, 21, forced his cousin to orally copulate him on multiple occasions in 2011. The boy finally told his mother about the molestations and she immediately called police. East Palo Alto police confronted Sandoval, who corroborated the boy's statements, according to the DA's office. He was arrested on Aug. 1, 2011.

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge John Grandsaert denied Sandoval probation yesterday and sentenced him to state prison for 12 years with 686 days credit for time served, and more than $1,300 in fines and fees. Sandoval must register as lifetime sex offender and submit to genetic-marker testing.

Sandoval faced a possible life-in-prison sentence for molesting a child under the age of 10. He took a plea deal and switched his plea to guilty during the third day of his trial on Feb. 10. He then pleaded no contest to an added count of oral copulation on a victim under 14 by force or fear.

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Posted by KP
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2014 at 11:16 am

Eff'in sicko! He NEEDS to go down for that! Hopefully in general population...maybe he'll get a taste of what he did to that poor little boy!
I know that is not what he needs, but the truth is, he won't get any mental rehabilitation. But hopefully the little boy will get some psychological rehab, so he can get through such a traumatic violation.


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Posted by JustMe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 10, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Only 12 years? Sheesh!


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Posted by Crazy Law
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 11, 2014 at 1:14 am

I agree with the above comments about this sick crime. And, I can't believe there are so many different "levels" of sexual predation. Why the distinction between 10 year-old victims versus 14 year-old victims? Sexual predators should be held maximally accountable for their transgressions, without lessor penalties for slightly older victims. In fact, the lesser punishment for older victims, by definition, implies the victims are partly responsible for the crime inflicted upon them. How sick our criminal justice system is.

This mindset needs to change!


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