Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Assaulting a Six-Year-Old Boy
News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2018
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JURY FINDS MAN GUILTY OF ASSAULTING A SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY
SAN FRANCISCO — Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that a jury found Jose Francisco Gonzalez, age 51, of San Francisco, guilty of two counts of forced oral copulation, one count of forced lewd acts upon a child, and one count of committing a lewd act upon a child. The victim was a six-year-old boy. Mr. Gonzalez faces a maximum term of life in prison.
“The facts of this case are extremely disturbing,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Ensuring such men never touch another child is some of the most important work we do.”
According to court records, the Defendant, a family friend, rented a room from a San Francisco family. Over a period of several months, he babysat for the family’s two boys, ages six and three, while his mother worked a night shift.
In March 2017, the victim’s three-year-old brother disclosed to his mother that he saw his older brother fellate the Defendant. This disclosure led the six-year-old to disclose that over the course of several months, while his mom was working and the Defendant babysat for him, the Defendant forced the six-year-old to fellate him, engaged in oral copulation of the six-year-old, and put his finger in the six-year-old boy’s anus.
At trial, the six-year-old victim described the Defendant as his “big best friend.” The Defendant told the six-year-old not to tell his mother because it would make him cry. The three-year-old child also testified at trial that, “We were keeping it a secret… but it’s not a secret anymore.”
“We hope this verdict gives the victim and his family some measure of comfort,” said Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Schmidt.
A sentencing date has not been set. The Honorable Linda Colfax presided. This prosecution is the result of an excellent investigation by SFPD Inspectors Amalia Barcena-Bosnich and C. Stokes, as well as forensic interview specialist Gloria Samayoa. Special thanks go to District Attorney Investigators Lessa Vivian and Mikky Toomer, Paralegal Nina Stellini, Victim Advocate Gretel Chuquipul, and IT Specialist D’Andre Lewis. Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Schmidt prosecuted the case.