A 50-year-old Riverside man who sexually assaulted a young girl multiple times at his unlicensed home-based daycare facility was sentenced Friday to 56 years to life in state prison.
A Murrieta jury in December convicted Hubert David Edgin of two counts each of lewd acts on a minor and oral copulation of a child under 10 years old.
Edgin’s attorney, Bosky Kathuria, submitted a motion seeking a new trial based on evidentiary concerns, but Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis denied the motion and imposed the sentence required by law.
Edgin was arrested in September 2018 following a Riverside police investigation centered at his residence on Sun Court, near Patterson Park, in the city’s Eastside quarter.
Shortly after the defendant’s arrest, Kathuria dismissed the allegations, asserting that it was not in his client’s “character to contemplate such things.”
The victim, identified in court documents only as “C.F.,” was 4 and 5 years old when Edgin molested her between November 2017 and August 2018, prosecutors said.
According to Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback, the police department’s Sexual Assault Child Abuse unit initiated an investigation in early September 2018 after receiving a report that the young girl had been assaulted.
Railsback said the child was left at the unlicensed daycare operated by Edgin and his family multiple times over a two-year period.
No other victims were identified.
According to court records, Edgin has a prior conviction for creating a malicious disturbance, which was reduced from a misdemeanor to an infraction under a plea agreement.