P. v. Nieto
Filed 9/7/06 P. v. Nieto CA3
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IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
THIRD APPELLATE DISTRICT
Plaintiff and Respondent,
ALEX JOSE NIETO,
Defendant and Appellant.
(Super. Ct. No. P04CRF0280)
Charged with committing multiple sex acts with children, defendant Alex Jose Nieto entered a negotiated plea of guilty to two counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon children under 14 years of age (Pen. Code, Â§ 288, subd. (a)), and the remaining charges were dismissed. (Further section references are to the Penal Code unless otherwise specified.) Defendant's request for probation was denied, and he was sentenced to state prison for an aggregate term of eight years.
On appeal, defendant contends (1) he is entitled to resentencing because the trial court erroneously relied on California Rule of Court, rule 4.413(b) to deny probation (further references to rules are to the California Rules of Court); (2) the decision to deny probation was not supported by substantial evidence; and (3) the court erred at the sentencing hearing by allowing an expert's report regarding defendant's mental condition to be introduced into evidence even though the expert did not testify and, therefore, was not available for cross-examination. We shall affirm the judgment.
Between January 1, 1998, and May 12, 2001, defendant molested two children under 14 years of age. He sexually abused the older victim approximately six to eight times, beginning when she was 11 or 12 years old; a typical incident involved defendant touching the victim's vagina and breasts under her clothing and placing her hand on his erect penis. The younger victim reported one sexual assault, which occurred when she was 11 years old; defendant lay down next to her and inserted his finger into her vagina multiple times over the course of two hours. After the younger victim reported the molestation to her mother, defendant apologized to the younger victim. He said â€