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Ex-teacher's aide who sent nude photos to boys convicted

Miguel Mendoza (photo courtesy Orange County district attorney's office)

A former after-school program aide was convicted Thursday of sending lewd photographs of himself to three boys and attempting to meet an 11-year-old for sex acts at a 7-Eleven in Fountain Valley.

Miguel Antonio Mendoza, 21, of Orange pleaded guilty to a court offer to one felony count each of lewd acts upon a child younger than 14 and attempted lewd act upon a child younger than 14, and three felony counts each of possession and control of child pornography and distributing pornography to a minor.

He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and lifetime sex offender registration. The prosecution advocated for a sentence of three years in state prison, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

Mendoza, a former part-time aide at Villa Park Elementary School, was charged with sending nude photographs of himself to three boys ages 11, 15 and 17 and instructing them to send similar photos to him. On Aug. 29, 2010, he arranged to meet the 11-year-old boy shortly before midnight at a 7-Eleven at Euclid Street and Warner Avenue in Fountain Valley.


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Photo: Miguel Mendoza. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office

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