One man was convicted of sexually assaulting three brothers and his friend was convicted of molesting two of the siblings in Tustin in attacks dating back to 2008.
Dustin James Elwood, 24, was convicted on multiple counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor and a count of possession of child pornography, all felonies, in relation to three brothers.
, 27, was convicted of sexually assaulting two brothers, including one boy he licked chocolate syrup off of, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown. One of the brothers testified Hutton sexually assaulted him, but the defendant was not charged with those allegations, Brown said.
Jurors, who deliberated Monday for about 3 1/2 days, hung on three counts each for both defendants. Those charges related to two boys who were friends of the brothers, Brown said.
Elwood faces up to 214 years to life in prison and Hutton, who teared up as the verdicts were read, faces up to 63 years to life in prison, Brown said. Sentencing was scheduled for June 26.
The oldest of three brothers, who is now 18, testified that Elwood befriended him and would take him to baseball practices and games when his father was too busy with work.
Elwood, who was friends with the alleged victim’s oldest brother, first befriended the youngest sibling when he was 3 or 4, the victim testified.
“It was in junior high that he started to realize maybe this relationship was inappropriate,” Brown told jurors in her opening statement.
The allegations against Elwood and Hutton came to light when the mother of the boys found a flash drive containing child pornography images of the victims, Brown said.
Elwood and Hutton would “share photographs” of the boys taken during sex acts, Brown said.
In one instance, one of the boys engaged in a sex act with both men, Brown said.
Two other victims who were friends of the brothers accused the men of inappropriate behavior such as hugs and comments about how “cute” they are, Brown argued. But jurors could not reach verdicts on those counts.
The sexual assaults date back to 2008 when the boys were about 7 to 11 years old, according to prosecutors.
Both Elwood and Hutton were arrested with flash drives containing pornographic images of the victims, Brown said.
Huy Nguyen, Elwood’s attorney, acknowledged in the opening statement of the trial that the allegations relating to the oldest of the brothers were largely true, but he challenged allegations related to the other two boys.
Hutton’s attorney, Sperry Tavoularis, said the brother involved in the sex act with the chocolate syrup initially denied it happened.
“Much of the evidence undermines the case against Mr. Hutton,” Tavoularis said. “At the end of this trial I will ask you for verdicts of not guilty.”
—City News Service
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