Bakersfield man sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in kidnapping and sexual assault of teen boy

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison.

Hilario Viruncruz, 33, was found guilty in February of kidnapping to commit robbery or rape, and lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 by use of force.

The court website earlier Thursday said Viruncruz was sentenced to life without parole, but prosecutors said the judge determined that sentence was unconstitutional and sentenced him to 25 years to life instead.

According to prosecutors, on Sept. 1, 2018, the teen was walking home from a friend’s house when Viruncruz stopped and asked him to do some gardening work. The boy agreed as long as Viruncruz asked for his parents’ permission.

Viruncruz agreed to stop at the boy’s house and the boy got into his truck. Viruncruz then drove the teen to a location where houses were still under construction and sexually assaulted the boy.

Viruncruz tried to give the boy some money in exchange for his cooperation, but the boy fought him until he managed to escape. Viruncruz was located and arrested two days later.

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