SANTA ANA - A twice convicted sex offender has been sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison in a third case of sex-related charges.
38-year old Jeremy Gene Harryman could have faced up to 25 years to life in prison, but accepted a plea deal offered by Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald, according to Farrah Emami of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
Harryman pleaded guilty to three felony counts of child annoyance with prior sex convictions, Emami said.
In 1999 Harryman was convicted of molesting an underage male relative in Oregon and a former neighbor's son in Anaheim, Emami said.
In the current case, Harryman befriended a woman who was a customer of his when he worked at Big O Tires in Orange and groomed her two underage sons for sex, Emami said.
While Harryman spent time with the boys, ages 12 and 9, at their home and while on vacation, he talked to the 12-year-old about masturbating and tried to persuade them to undress in front of him, Emami said.
Harryman took off his clothes in front of them and once refused to leave a restroom stall as the 9-year-old relieved himself, according to Emami.
The mother of the boys alerted authorities when she grew suspicious about his relationship with her sons, Emami said.
In all of the cases against him authorities said he groomed his victims by talking to them about masturbation, Emami said.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times