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O.C. man convicted of sexually assaulting boy in library bathroom

September 05, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • Robert Howard Claudio was convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in Tustin.
Robert Howard Claudio was convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old… (Orange County district…)

A 24-year-old Anaheim Hills man was convicted Thursday of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in a library bathroom.

Robert Howard Claudio lured the boy into the bathroom in March 2012 and engaged in "substantial sexual contact," according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors said Claudio approached the boy in the teen room of the Tustin library while he was waiting for his mother to pick him up. Claudio said he was studying to be a social worker and was "used to talking to younger boys," the district attorney's office said in a statement.

The boy told the attacker to stop and escaped. He ran to the nearby Tustin Police Department, where he reported the incident. 

Claudio is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 8 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. He faces a minimum sentence of 15 years to life and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.

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