Babysitter accused of selling child pleads guilty
A San Diego babysitter accused of selling a 3-year-old boy to an alleged pedophile so he could molest him and use him in pornographic movies is expected in a downtown San Diego courtroom Wednesday to stand trial.
Aaron Zendejas, 24, is charged with five felonies, including kidnapping for oral copulation and lewd acts upon a child. The defendant was allegedly paid $150-$200 to provide the boy to 30-year-old Jared Yaffe.
Zendejas will be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Dec. 1.
Yaffe allegedly made the toddler perform a sex act on him by promising to take him to McDonald’s. Two videos found by authorities allegedly show Yaffe molesting the boy in an El Cajon hotel room.
Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco said Yaffe hired several babysitters over the course of six months to bring him children that he could molest and/or use in the production of child pornography. A total of five children ages 3 to under 16 were allegedly provided to Yaffe.
Zendejas is the only babysitter charged in the case.
Both men are in custody. Yaffe is being held in San Diego Central Jail in lieu of $5 million bail, while Zendejas is being held in the George Bailey Detention Facility in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to jail records.
A Nov. 4 preliminary hearing is scheduled for Yaffe.
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