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.