Riverside teacher’s aide sentenced to 20 years for sexually abuse of children

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A 27-year-old Riverside Unified School District teacher's aide who sexually abused multiple children over several years was sentenced Friday to 20 years to life in state prison. Fernando Figueroa pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to three counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, and in exchange for his admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office dropped 22 related counts. Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Prevost certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. In addition to the prison term, Prevost ordered that Figueroa register for life as a convicted sex offender, if and when he's paroled. The Penal Code 290 requirement limits where he can work and stay. During the sentencing, one of th
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