A Corona spiritual center activist who videotaped himself molesting a sleeping young male relative and two of the victim’s friends has been sentenced to 35 years in state prison.
Patrick Michael Anderson, 54, pleaded guilty 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.
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.
Robinson alleged that Anderson groped and engaged in oral copulation of the youths.
Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez Wednesday 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.
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.
–City News Service