A 23-year-old Lake Elsinore man accused of repeatedly molesting a girl at his family’s daycare business was sentenced Friday to 30 years in state prison.
Jacob Blas pleaded guilty last month to three counts of forcible lewd acts on a minor under an amended criminal complaint that dismissed five counts of oral copulation of a child under 10 years old.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Bambi Moyer certified the plea agreement and imposed the stipulated sentence. In addition to the prison term, the judge ordered Blas to register as a convicted sex offender when he is paroled.
Sheriff’s investigators received a report in late April 2017 that a girl had been molested at the Rea Family Daycare on Bella Aliza, near Summerhill Drive, according to Sgt. Steve Brosche.
Detectives uncovered evidence that the victim, identified in court documents only as Jane Doe, was sexually assaulted while under Blas’ supervision. The defendant lived on-site at the time, according to the sergeant.
The District Attorney’s Office said that the abuse occurred between January 2014 and the latter half of 2015.
Blas fixed his attentions on the girl beginning when she was 6 years old, taking her aside after other children had left the daycare, according to prosecutors.
The victim’s younger brother was at the facility around the same time, but was apparently distracted or left in another room when his sibling was assaulted, according to investigators.
Riverside County Child Protective Services, the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Justice all initiated investigations of the family daycare after the criminal complaint was filed against Blas, who had no prior felony or misdemeanor convictions.
The outcome of the investigations could not be confirmed.