Under California law,
Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor (statutory rape) occurs when the victim is considered incapable of giving legal consent
because they are under 18 years of age, even if the intercourse is consensual.
A former youth church pastor, Daniel John Pedroza, 28, has been sentenced
to 90 days in jail for having sex with a 17-year-old girl he met through
his youth ministry. Pedroza pleaded guilty to three California felony
counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, two counts of oral copulation of
a minor and one count of sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor.
Prosecutors asked the judge to give Pedroza a one-year-sentence. But the
judge instead gave him 90 days and placed him on five years of probation.
Pedroza apparently met the girl at the Capistrano Beach church. Their relationship
is said to have taken place between July 1 and December 1 at his home
and hers when her parents were not home, prosecutors said. The girl told
about their sexual relationship to Orange County Social Services staff.
Pedroza was then fired by the church and charged.
The consequences for a
sex crime conviction may range from probation to a lifetime in jail in certain circumstances.
Additionally, almost any conviction will include mandatory lifetime
sex offender registration, a label that will govern where you are able to live and work. Being labeled
a sex offender carries with it serious social consequences - friends,
business associates and even family members may no longer want to be involved
in your life.
Don't let a conviction for a sex crime ruin your life and destroy your
future. If you, or someone you know has been arrested or is under investigation
for a sex crime,
Los Angeles sex crimes defense lawyer
regarding your case to defend your rights. As a former prosecutor, Attorney
Bernstein has the experience with both sides of
the criminal process
to provide you with most effective, aggressive representation in all aspects
of your criminal case.