A Rancho Cucamonga man pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his girlfriend’s 5-year-old niece Friday in crimes that were documented in videos and photos found on his cellphone, which was discovered by the victim’s mother.
Joaquin Gomez, 53, faces 50 years in state prison after entering his guilty plea in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
The case came to police when the victim’s mother found a cellphone that Gomez had accidentally left at her house in August 2013, according to a news release from the DA’s office.
The phone had of photo of the woman’s 5-year-old daughter as its screen saver.
On the device, the woman found photos of her child’s genitalia, sexual conduct and a video of Gomez having sex with the girl, she told a Rancho Cucamonga police detective.
No faces were visible in the video, but the woman said she recognized Gomez’s voice and that of her daughter. Videos on the phone were taken inside Gomez’s home and truck, the news release from the DA’s office stated.
Gomez was the longtime boyfriend of the mother’s sister who often babysat for the victim, according to the DA’s office.
The girl was found by a forensic pediatrician to have injuries to her genitals consistent with sexual intercourse, and she told an interviewer that Gomez had had sex with her many times.
He told her to never tell anyone, according to the DA’s office.
Gomez was arrested Aug. 22, 2013, and was being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, according to county inmate records.
He pleaded guilty to five counts of lewd act upon a child by force. His sentencing was set for July 17.