HAYWARD -- A 59-year-old Hayward man faces nearly 20 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a teen he hired to be a "houseboy" last year.

An Alameda County Superior Court jury found Christopher Purcell guilty on June 20 of 22 counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 and five counts of sodomy of a person under 18, Alameda County District Attorney spokeswoman Teresa Drenick said.

Purcell, being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, faces up to 19 years in prison when he's sentenced Aug. 14 at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

Trial testimony revealed the 16-year-old boy and his mother had been homeless off and on for nine years when the teen found an ad that Purcell placed on Craigslist in May 2013 for a "houseboy." The ad offered room and board in exchange for cooking and cleaning and stated that "play would be expected," prosecutors said.

The teen contacted Purcell, they met in Fremont and went to Purcell's house. At the home, Purcell molested the 16-year-old, according to trial testimony.

Afterward, Purcell agreed the boy could live with him as his "houseboy," the prosecutor said. However, the boy wanted his mother to move in as well and knew that she wouldn't approve of an arrangement in which he performed sexual favors, Drenick said.


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Purcell then created a new, false ad for a room for rent that the boy showed his mother, who then approved the arrangement, Drenick said.

Purcell molested the boy until Aug. 4, 2013, when Purcell and the boy argued over Purcell's belief that the boy wasn't engaging in enough sexual activity to please him, trial testimony showed.

The boy's mother overheard the argument and learned the nature of the living arrangement, Drenick said. The mother contacted police the next morning and Purcell was arrested later that day.