School Boy Allegedly Sodomized Inside a Tustin Public Library

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A 23-year-old Anaheim man decided yesterday afternoon to use an Orange County public library for illegal sex, according to Tustin police.

The scenario gets more disturbing.

A 13-year-old boy had gone to the library after school to study, but ended up a rape victim.

Police say Robert Howard Claudio sodomized the unidentified kid inside a library bathroom located at 345 E. Main Street.

Tustin PD Lt. Pat Welch said in a prepared statement that the boy managed to free himself, run for help and underwent medical treatment.

Welch's report claims that the 5-foot-3 and 115-pound Claudio identified himself as a previously registered sex offender and was taken into custody.

A check of the online Megan's Law sex offenders database won't locate Claudio's entry. His prior sex crime conviction happened before he became an adult, according to police. Juvenile offenders are not included in the state's searchable database.

Records show Claudio is being held inside the Orange County Jail with, at least at the moment, no chance for bail. The pending charges include sodomy of a minor, and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under 14 years old. He's scheduled to appear in court on March 13.

Tustin PD wants possible witnesses to contact Investigator Pam Hardacre at 714-573-3248.

It is a serious crime for an adult to engage in any sexual activities with a minor, especially ones who are under 14 years old.

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