A Riverside-area guitar instructor who had sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl was sentenced Monday to 16 years in state prison.
Nathaniel Elizar Hernandez, 27, last month admitted two 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 four related charges, including sodomy of a minor.
Superior Court Judge John Molloy certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense.
According to Riverside police, the offenses occurred in the first half of the year, when Hernandez was providing one-on-one guitar lessons to the girl’s mother, identified only as a Riverside resident, at his Moreno Valley home.
Hernandez learned that the woman’s daughter played drums, and he invited the victim, identified in court documents only as “A.M.,” to join his band, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by Detective Charlie Olivas.
Olivas said that soon afterward, the youth and Hernandez developed an inappropriate relationship that the girl described to police as “dating.”
The investigator said the relationship was uncovered during the first week of July, when the girl’s mother peeked at her mobile phone and read “sexting” messages between the defendant and victim.
The mom immediately notified Riverside police, and the case was turned over to the department’s Sexual Assault & Child Abuse unit.
A.M. told detectives that she and Hernandez started off kissing during secret meetings, and before long, the two were having intercourse, as well as engaging in other intimate acts, according to Olivas.
On at least one occasion, Hernandez went to the girl’s family home to have sex with her, and her parents returned in the middle of the rendezvous, at which point the defendant ran and hid in a closet until the unsuspecting couple left again and it was safe for him to sneak out, according to the affidavit.
A.M. told detectives that she wanted to continue seeing Hernandez despite her parents’ insistence that he be prosecuted.
The defendant was arrested without incident in Moreno Valley on July 27. He had no prior documented felony convictions.
–City News Service
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