San Francisco Bay Area Sex Crime

Gustabo Rodriguez Teacher’s Aide Pleads No Contest to Child Porn Charges

A Redwood City man who worked as a teacher’s aide at Sequoia High School and pleaded no contest to charges that he molested a student has also pleaded no contest to felony possession of child pornography in a separate case, prosecutors said today.

Gustabo Rodriguez, 23, initiated a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy who attended the school where he worked part time. In October, he pleaded no contest to felony oral copulation of a minor under age 16.

Prosecutors say he also videotaped himself shaving the victim’s pubic hair, and did so without the victim’s knowledge or consent.

The video was later emailed to school officials anonymously. Investigators seized a hard drive and a laptop at his home, and forensic specialists found multiple videos and images of child pornography involving underage male victims, according to prosecutors.

Back in February, Rodriguez pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges, but on Tuesday he pleaded no contest. He will be required to register as a sex offender and faces a sentence of up to two years and eight months in state prison when he returns to court for sentencing in both cases on June 9. “He should be in prison, because this is fairly egregious,” District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. “What really hits us is that he was working at a school as a teacher’s aide,” Wagstaffe said. “That’s a position of trust.”

Defense attorney Steven Chase described Rodriguez as a “lovely” and hard working young man who often sent money to his mother in Mexico. “We have these draconian laws to punish people who are the way they are because of things that happened to them when they were young, and programmed them to be attracted to people of a younger age,” Chase said.

“Instead of treating them we lock them up, and when they get out they have to register as sex offenders.” That limits where offenders like Rodriguez can live and work, according to Chase. “These are otherwise nice people,” Chase said. “Gustabo is particularly nice.”

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