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A Temecula dance instructor who sexually assaulted multiple boys he taught at different periods over more than a decade is slated to be sentenced Thursday under a plea agreement reached with prosecutors.

Eric Eustacio Saradpon, 43, pleaded guilty last month to sodomy of a minor and two counts of lewd acts on a child. In exchange for his admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped three related felony counts.

Superior Court Judge Timothy Freer is scheduled to hand down the sentence Thursday morning at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta. The likely term of imprisonment specified in the plea deal was not disclosed.

According to sheriff’s officials and court documents, Saradpon engaged in illicit sex acts with five boys between 2007 and 2019. The identities of the victims were not disclosed.

During the time of the crimes, Saradpon was an instructor at the Temecula Dance Company on Felix Valdez Avenue, where he preyed upon the youths, “grooming (and) seducing” them before ultimately perpetrating the offenses that he admitted, according to a D.A.’s office statement.

After one or more of the victims came forward in October 2020, sheriff’s detectives initiated an investigation that culminated in a search warrant being served at the defendant’s residence in the 39000 block of Sundance Circle, where “several evidence items were seized,” according to sheriff’s Sgt. Edmond Seltzer.

He did not specify of what the items consisted.

Saradpon was arrested without incident on Oct. 13, 2020. However, he posted a $55,000 bond within a couple of days and has been out of custody since that time.

The defendant has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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