Man who admitted to sexually assaulting a young boy will not go to prison

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A man who admitted to sexually assaulting a young boy will not serve any prison time for the crime.

It's all part of a plea deal Thomas Abeyta took on Friday. He was taken to jail and is being held without bond after the judge accepted the deal.

Abeyta admitted he sexually assaulted a child, right in front of the judge and the victim's family. He said he inappropriately touched a boy who was younger than 10. The boy's family says the punishment doesn't fit the crime.

"It's just sickening," one family member of the victim stated. "I can't even think of words to say."

The family of the young boy who was sexually assaulted says they cannot explain to him why this man won't serve prison time for the crime. 11 News is choosing to not identify the family members to protect the victim's identity.

“This poor boy has to grow up knowing that this is what happened to the man who abused him and it's hardly anything, you know," a family member of the victim explained. "Is this justice?" No. Absolutely not."

Abeyta's plea deal does include 10 years to life of sex offender intensive supervised probation. Court documents show he reportedly told the boy to keep it a "secret."

"We all thought this guy was a great guy and no one had any idea," a family member said.

The case was set to go to trial until Abeyta pleaded guilty.

"If you can steal a car and get more jail time than to do this to a child, something is wrong. Something needs to change."

Abeyta will be locked up until he's sentenced in July. The type of probation that is on the table is extremely strict, but again, prison is not part of this deal.

The District Attorney's Office did not comment on the case.


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Thomas Abeyta is accused of sex assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

Details of the disturbing allegations are revealed in his arrest papers.

Abeyta, 33, is accused of putting a young boy's penis in his mouth.

Court papers say the child told his mother about it in April. It's unclear when the incident allegedly happened.

Abeyta had known the boy for several years. He reportedly failed a lie detector test when investigators first started to question him. Abeyta later admitted to the boy's mom he made a mistake and said "I didn't know what I was doing and I touched him."

A specialist from Safe Passage interviewed the young boy who said Abeyta used to put his penis in his mouth.

The child told the specialist after the incident, Abeyta told him to "keep this a secret.”

The secret came out when he overheard his mom and Abeyta having a conversation about secrets. Later that day, he told his mom that he had been keeping a secret.

Thomas Abeyta is set to be back in court next month.