Robert Howard Claudio Gets 15 Years to Life for Luring Boy into Restoom and Sodomizing Him

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
"May God forgive you because we will never forgive you," the boy's mother told Robert Howard Claudio.

An Anaheim Hills man who lured a boy into a Tustin library restroom, had sex with the 13-year-old and then claimed it was all the kid's idea was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Robert Howard Claudio Faces 15 to Life After Conviction of Sex Assault on Boy at Library

The boy was waiting for his mother to pick him up from the Teen Room in a county public library at 345 E. Main St., Tustin, the afternoon of March 9, 2012, when Claudio approached and explained he was studying to be a social worker and was used to talking to younger boys. Claudio then lured the boy into a library men's room, where the adult sodomized the child, Deputy District Attorney Jana Hoffmann told jurors.

The boy managed to escape and run to the Tustin Police Department around the corner, where he immediately reported the assault. Simultaneously, Claudio stopped a passing cop and said the boy had solicited him for sex. It didn't work: Claudio was arrested immediately.

As my colleague R. Scott Moxley previously reported, Claudio was a registered sex offender, but he was not listed in the state's Megan's Law database because his prior conviction came before he was an adult. The database does not include crimes committed by juveniles.

Defense attorney Fred McBride contested the kidnapping allegation because it elevated the potential punishment to a life sentence. But the jury on Sept. 5, 2013, found Claudio guilty of one felony count of kidnapping for child molesting, four felony counts of lewd acts with a minor under 14, and sentencing enhancement allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and increasing the risk of harm by kidnapping.

In a letter that was read in Orange County Superior Court Judge Patrick H. Donahue's courtroom Friday, the boy's more said, "My child has gone from being a normal, happy, and smart kid to being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression and (is) failing in school. He has been hospitalized because he has physically hurt himself trying to erase the pain he has gone through."

The boy may need therapy and medications for the rest of his life, his physican says, according to the mother.

"There isn't a day that goes by where we are not reminded of that horrible day. I ask that this individual never gets out so that he will not hurt any other innocent child or person again because no one should ever have to go through all my child and my family has gone through."

She also had a message for Claudio: "I hope that one day you feel the same way you have made us feel, and may God forgive you because we will never forgive you."

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Joe Provino
Joe Provino

If that was my son, I would get to that bastard before the police did...I would chop that fucker up and send pieces of him to his mother...and then stick his head on a spit and put in his moms front yard...sick fuck...

Joe Provino
Joe Provino

Just take the dude out back and put a gun to his head and turn his sick and twisted dome into a fine red mist....hes vile, and cannot be rehabilitated whatsoever, im sorry....

Gc Rivera
Gc Rivera

Edwin Rivera Pak King that is why Riana Rivera i always tell you to stick with a group and don't trust everyone just because they are your peers.

Justin McMahon
Justin McMahon

Hopefully this scumbag gets sodomized and killed in jail

Helen Au
Helen Au

Sick guys will never make sense.

Aja Ruiz
Aja Ruiz

@marily who said I cant?!

Marily Madrigal
Marily Madrigal

You can't bring your 13 yr old into the woman's restroom

Marily Madrigal
Marily Madrigal

I already know what's gonna happen to him in prison....

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

Enjoy prison chomo

Josh English
Josh English

Wow....I just moved to the area, not that long ago. Why did this piece of shit only get 15 years?!

Rodriguez Liz
Rodriguez Liz

My son is never allowed in the restroom alone .. This is horrible and a parents worst nightmare ..so sad

Larry Day
Larry Day

I hope he does life cause he's evil evil evil. He will have to look GOD in eyes one day and explain his actions. The worst of the worst right here.

Sergio Rangel
Sergio Rangel

Waiting for the day I can catch a pedophile trying to lure a kid! Jail free assault when police show up

Brenda Laird
Brenda Laird

Thank you! I'll take that as a compliment!

Joe Perez-Realtor
Joe Perez-Realtor

I hope they can lure this POS into General Population. Die slow bastard

Rick Ables
Rick Ables

Awesome! Here's a grammar nazi award for you!

Tashia Firmes
Tashia Firmes

General population should handle his ass...literally!!!!!

Javi Mayer
Javi Mayer

@richard Castillo no need for that slur. No one likes what he did, but don't throw around the "f" word.

Aja Ruiz
Aja Ruiz

I don't care what kind of stares my sons gets when we go to the girls restroom I will never let him go alone till he knows how to knock some one out himself! I also never leave my kid alone at places like that, people don't care for your kids correctly and NEVER leave them alone with coaches!

Anna Manjarrez
Anna Manjarrez

This is the reason why I never let my son alone anywhere. Not even to a public restroom

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Because recidivism is rare....


He should have never been let out.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

as stated before


lefty loves to seal the records of juvie offenders


now ANOTHER LIFE IS RUINED 


and 


the odds increase that the victim ( no you silly leftists not Claudio)


might do the same to another or become an addict or yikes


even a dem poltician

Richard Castillo
Richard Castillo

Fucken faget hope they stick a knife in your ass hoe then make you deep throat with your own shit n blood in your mouth chump

Troy Lambert
Troy Lambert

Sheesh in a public library?!?!?! I'm always paranoid when my kids need to use the restroom at public places, I make sure I'm close by, VERY CLOSE!

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@Pinkindie @whateveryousay I meant that sarcastically.  

If you read my past comments on pedophile rapists you will see that I believe recidivism rates among sexual offenders is high.  

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