ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The man known as the 'Arroyo Molester' received the maximum sentence in court Friday for the 2003 rape of a young boy.
Genaro Sandoval was found guilty of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old boy after a nearly two-week long trial in January.
District Judge Kenneth Martinez sentenced him to the maximum 41 1/2 years in prison.
The attack happened in August 2003 in the Embudo Arroyo in northeast Albuquerque. During the trial, the victim testified he was walking home from school when Sandoval lured him into the arroyo and raped him.
Four years later, DNA taken from Sandoval was matched to a sample taken from the victim's shorts.
Prosecutors said during the sentencing Sandoval is a clear danger to kids. When he was arrested in 2007, investigators found a large amount of child pornography inside his Gallup home.
Prosecutors asked the judge to give Sandoval the maximum sentence as did the victim's parents.
"I could not save my child from him," the victim's mother told the judge. "I hope that others can be safe from him where parents don't have to go through pain of seeing a child raped."
During the January trial, the defense rested without calling a single witness saying they thought the prosecution failed to prove its case. On Friday Sandoval's attorney said they plan to appeal.
"It's a complicated case," attorney Joe Riggs told KRQE News 13. "There were a lot of pieces of evidence, a lot of rulings by the judge.
"We think some of those rulings denied the defendant a fair trial."
The prosecution said they're glad Sandoval received the maximum sentence. The victim's father also read a statement from the victim in court saying the now-college student forgives Sandoval.
Sandoval is also accused of attacking five other young boys in Albuquerque arroyos. This 2003 case was separated from the others because this case involved DNA evidence.
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