Lady Justice 4 16-9

An Azusa man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl.

Victor Martinez, 48, pleaded no contest last month to one count each of sodomy by use of force on a victim under 14, sexual penetration by a foreign object, committing a lewd act on a child and dissuading a witness.

Martinez, who was a friend of the victim’s family, took the girl to get some food Oct. 20 and drove her to the back of a local shopping center, authorities said. He sexually abused her as she pleaded with him to stop, then threatened to harm the youngster if she told anyone what had happened, according to prosecutors.

The girl — who was taken back to her mother after nearly an hour — confided in her mother two days later and authorities were notified.

Azusa police said a plan was developed to lure Martinez to a shopping center, and he was located within a few minutes of arrival and made statements “that confirmed his involvement” in the child’s molestation.

City News Service

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