Toe-Sucking Could Lead To 300-Year Term

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A former youth recreation leader was found guilty yesterday by a jury in Newport Beach, Ca., of 22 felony counts of lewd conduct, mostly for sucking the toes of more than a dozen young boys under his supervision, says the Los Angeles Times. Jurors also found Trenton Michael Veches, 32, guilty of three misdemeanor counts of assaulting a child. The verdict could carry a sentence of more than 300 years in prison.

Nineteen of the 22 felony counts in the conviction were for toe sucking and three were for touching buttocks. Veches insisted that his behavior was not sexual.

One juror said some on the panel, which deliberated for two days, saw Veches as a tragic figure suffering from an obsession he didn’t understand, and who didn’t deserve a lengthy sentence. Jurors determined that the toe sucking qualified as a sexuala act because of a collection of sexually explicit images of children that police discovered on Veches’ home computer.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-toe21may21,1,5354285.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dcalifornia

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