Child Sex Abuser Gets 25 to Life

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    A 28-year-old Walnut Creek man will spend 25 years to life in  prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a young male relative in 2010.

    Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge John Kennedy sentenced  Mexican national Oscar Juarez to the lengthy term in a Martinez courtroom  this morning, a month after a jury convicted Juarez of two counts of  committing sexual acts on a minor under 10 years old and three counts of  attempted sodomy on a child.

    Prosecutors said that in 2010, Juarez began sexually abusing a  young male family member whose parents had allowed Juarez to stay with them  at their Walnut Creek home.

    "The victim was forced to live in the same apartment as his  abuser, so he had no option of escaping the attacks," Kennedy said this  morning.

    The judge noted the "severe and unimaginable psychological harm"  the abuse had caused the child.

    Kennedy said he also took into account that the defendant had  threatened the victim to keep him from reporting the abuse.

    The court heard this morning from the victim's mother as well as a  letter from the victim himself who said he was scared of what might happen if  Juarez were released.

    Two of Juarez's brothers spoke briefly during the sentencing  hearing in his defense.

    Juarez will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

    "I'm hoping the community, as well as the victim, will be safe by  that time," the judge said.