PLEASANTON -- A former tax auditor hired by the state after his conviction for child molestation two decades ago was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in state prison after admitting he sexually abused a 9-year-old boy who was part of his family, a spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said.
Judge Jacob Blea handed Timothy Rodriguez his sentence one day before his 49th birthday as part of an agreement, after Rodriguez pleaded guilty to one count of continuous sexual abuse against the boy, said an Alameda County DA spokeswoman Stephanie Chan. Rodriguez pleaded guilty on Nov. 27, 2 ½ months after originally entering a not guilty plea.
He will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life as part of the sentencing.
Rodriguez was arrested at his Livermore home on Aug. 5 after the boy detailed five incidents of abuse since 2010, when the boy was 6 years old. Prosecutors said the boy reported that in all five instances, Rodriguez grabbed his hands and/or feet and rubbed them against his genitals. Three of the instances occurred in Livermore and two occurred at the boy's home out of state, court documents showed.
Prosecutors said Rodriguez violated a position of trust and noted that because of marriage, he was a member of the accuser's family. They said the boy considered him a grandfather.
Rodriguez also was convicted of molesting an 8-year-old in Fremont in 1989, less than one year before he became a tax auditor for the State Board of Equalization. He held that position for the next 23 years.
Pat McConahay, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Human Resources, told this paper previously that the state does not perform background checks for every position it fills, but that many of its positions require candidates to fill out a supplemental questionnaire regarding prior criminal history if it would have a direct impact on their work.
Rodriguez's position did not require interaction with children in an official capacity, leading to the possibility that his previous conviction was never disclosed.
Officials at the State Board of Equalization did not return a call seeking comment.
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