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Former school aide who sent nude photos to boys sentenced

February 24, 2012 |  9:14 am

Miguel Antonio MendozaA former part-time aide at an Orange County elementary school will serve six months in jail for sending nude photos of himself to three boys and trying to meet one of them for sex acts.

Miguel Antonio Mendoza, 21, also is required to register as a sex-offender for life. Prosecutors said they had sought a three-year prison sentence, one year for each victim.

Mendoza worked in the after-school program at Villa Park Elementary School and met the victims in 2010 through an Internet cellphone app, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

The boys were 11, 15 and 17 years old. Mendoza was charged with sending the three victims nude photos of himself and instructing them to send him photos of them naked, prosecutors said.

Mendoza was charged with with trying to meet the 11-year-old at a store in Fountain Valley to have sex, prosecutors said. But the boy's mother noticed inappropriate text messages and photos from Mendoza on her son's cellphone and alerted police.

Mendoza had nude photos of the three victims on his cellphone when he was arrested at the store.


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Photo: Miguel Antonio Mendoza. Credit: Orange County district attorney