Robert H. Claudio, 25 of Anaheim Hills was sentenced to 15 years to life after being convicted of molesting a 13-year-old boy in a bathroom at Tustin Library. Orange County prosecutors say that Claudio had been warned to stay away from the library because he is a registered sex offender, however, he didnt heed their warning.
A jury convicted Claudio of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a minor and kidnapping, making this a one strike sex offense. According to Claudios attorney, Claudio should not have been convicted of kidnapping because the child went to the bathroom voluntarily for sexual experimentation. While the victim was not in court, his mother provided a written statement speaking about how her son has tried to hurt himself to erase the pain of being molested.
Claudios mother expects her son to appeal the criminal conviction.