A manufacturing company executive who molested five young boys at his Corona home was sentenced Thursday to 81 years to life in state prison.
A Riverside jury in March convicted 56-year-old Shawn Edward Shaffer of 13 sex-related offenses, including forcible lewd acts on a minor, sodomy of a child under 16 and oral copulation involving a child.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mac Fisher imposed the sentence required by law, and additionally ordered Shaffer to pay $675,000 in victim restitution for the emotional and psychological trauma inflicted on the boys, all of whom are now in their 20s.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, the sexual abuse occurred between 2004 and 2009, beginning when most of the boys were 11 years old.
At the time, Shaffer was working in an executive capacity for Anaheim- based sheet metal manufacturer UDC Corp., according to the prosecution.
He met two of the victims, identified in court documents only by their initials, M.S. and S.S., through their father, an employee of the firm.
Deputy District Attorney Gary Polk wrote in a trial brief that Shaffer encouraged the youths to visit his Sonrisa Drive home and play in the large backyard pool and hot tub at the property. The never-married bachelor also invited all of the boys’ friends to come by, telling them to “take off all their clothes and swim naked” since there were no females present, Polk alleged.
A total of seven youths visited the property, though only five were molested on different occasions, according to the brief.
As Shaffer gained the victims’ confidence, he became bolder and began showing the boys pornographic movies and having them masturbate in front of him, Polk said. According to the prosecutor, the defendant also had the boys take showers with him and fondled their privates.
The boys were encouraged to join Shaffer for weekend sleepovers, the brief stated.
At least two victims performed oral sex on Shaffer, and he had intercourse with one of the teenagers after the victim moved into his house, according to the brief, adding that the boy resided there, off and on, for about two years.
The victims did not reveal any of the acts until years later, during therapy sessions and while confiding in family members, according to court papers.
The Corona Police Department initiated an investigation in March 2015, culminating in Shaffer’s arrest and criminal charges being filed against him.
He had no prior documented felony or misdemeanor convictions.
— City News Service
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