Corona man sentenced for molestations

RIVERSIDE  – A Corona man who molested a young male relative and two of the victim’s friends was sentenced today to 35 years in state prison.
Patrick Michael Anderson, 54, pleaded guilty last month to 17 counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old. In exchange for his admissions, the
Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped 15 related charges against Anderson.
Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.
Anderson molested the boys, identified in court documents only by their initials — “M.V.,” “N.A.” and “R.V.” — between 2012 and 2015.
The allegations came to light in July 2015, when one of the defendant’s young relatives walked into the Corona Police Department and revealed what had
happened to him.
Deputy District Attorney Will Robinson said Anderson videotaped his offenses, recording “dozens of hours” of lascivious behavior, almost all of
which occurred while the victims were sleeping.
His relative was between 11 and 13 years old when he was assaulted. The boy’s friends were 11 and 7 years old, respectively, when they were targeted by
the defendant, according to court papers.
At the time of the assaults, the defendant was active at the Common Ground Corona spiritual center in Norco, but investigators did not find
anything to indicate he had preyed on children at the location, according to the prosecution.
Anderson had no prior felony convictions. He must serve 29 years behind bars before he’s eligible for parole.

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