Opening statements in the trial of a 29-year-old Oxnard man charged with sexually assaulting six male minors in their teens begin Monday at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 47.
Ventura County Superior Court Judge Brian Back will preside in the trial of Joe Richard Maldonado, 29, who is charged with multiple sex crimes.
These crimes include luring, sodomy, and numerous counts of lewd acts with a child sodomy along with oral copulation of an unconscious person, according to court records.
Court documents indicate that the first boy, who was 16 years old, reported the sex assault to the Oxnard Police Department in May 2010. The victim told police that he knew Maldonado's brother, who was also 16 years old.
The victim and several other high school friends spent the night at Maldonado's residence where they "hung out" and played video games, according to court documents.
On the second evening at the house, Maldonado offered the victim an alcoholic beverage and offered him money if he would drink the beverage. As the evening progressed, Maldonado asked the victim to perform lewd acts for money. But the victim refused.
The victim passed out and woke up to Maldonado performing a lewd act on him, court records indicate. The victim got up, quickly left and subsequently, the police were called and an investigation began, court records show.
Police secretly recorded conversations between the victim and Maldonado. A meeting was set up for Maldonado to meet the victim. Maldonado allegedly wanted the teen to perform a lewd act in front of him for money, according to court records.
When Maldonado arrived at the location to meet the victim on May 26, 2010, police arrested him. Upon further investigation, Maldonado allegedly named three other boys who he had engaged in sexual acts with. Police found two other minor teens who Maldonado also had allegedly sexual abused, according to court documents.
On Friday, Maldonado's lawyer Justin Tuttle declined to comment.