A registered sex offender in San Diego who broke into his next- door neighbor’s home, where he sexually assaulted a 3-year-old girl, pleaded guilty on Friday to four felony charges, authorities said.
Francisco Diaz, 47, entered his plea to four counts of forcible lewd acts on a child, and admitted serious prior felony convictions, according to Deputy District Attorney Claudia Grasso.
The defendant could receive up to 85 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 17, KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego reported.
Diaz broke a screen and curtain rod and climbed through a window of the sleeping child’s bedroom last August.
When the toddler woke up and cried while being sexually assaulted, Diaz carried her out through the window and was walking her toward his home when the defendant’s mother saw them and wrapped the child — who was naked from the waist down — in a blanket.
Police were called around 9:45 a.m. and Diaz was arrested.
“It’s a parent’s worst nightmare,” Grasso said following Diaz’s arraignment last year. “The violation, the betrayal, (it’s just) horrific. I think that not only does it impact the victim but it impacts the entire family, who now have to look over their shoulder, who now cannot feel safe in their own home. It causes you as a parent to be more cautious, more protective.”
According to the Megan’s Law website, which tracks the state’s sex offenders, Diaz has a 2007 conviction for annoying or molesting a child.