District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Friday that a Corona man was convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young boy for 11 years.
“The defendant would have probably escaped punishment for his crime had his victim not bravely testified about the defendant’s abusive and manipulative behavior,” Brown said in a written statement.
Francisco Mendez, 59, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, one count of first-degree criminal sexual act, three counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to trial testimony, Mendez, who is related to the victim by marriage, repeatedly assaulted him from the age of 5 to 16. The attacks occurred during visits by the victim to Mendez’s home.
The victim, who is now 19 years old, told a counselor about the abuse seven months after it stopped.
The counselor in turn urged the teenager to tell his parents, who contacted the police.
Mendez is being held without bail and faces up to 25 years or more in prison. His hearing is set for May 28.