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Kingsburg man confesses to child sex crimes, but minimal punishment expected

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – A Kingsburg man arrested last year for sex crimes with children has pleaded guilty to the charges against him.

Brandon Howard left Fresno County Court on his release on Wednesday, a heartbreaking sight for a teenager’s mother.

“My child ended up in the hospital because this person had sexually assaulted him,” the victim’s mother told Action News.

We do not identify her or her son because he is a victim of a sex crime.

Howard is said to have used his position in a retail store to force underage teens into engaging in sexual activity.

He pleaded guilty to three felonies on Wednesday.

“Mr Howard, what is your appeal in Article 1 alleging a breach of Article 289 (h) of the Penal Code?” Judge Jonathan Skyles asked.

“No competition, Honorable,” Howard said.

Howard made the same appeal in two cases of oral sex with a person under the age of 18 and a charge of sexual assault with a foreign object by a person under the age of 16.

“I want parents to understand that even if their child may be under 10 or 14 or 16 years old, they are still victims and can still be manipulated by people who are so sick,” said the victim’s mother.

Each of Howard’s confessions carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

A victim’s family expects him to be put to the test, some time to register as a sex offender, and possibly a short prison sentence.

“I’m numb,” said the mother. “I just want him to stay in jail for as long as possible and always have to register as a sex offender.”

Howard will return to court in July for sentencing and at least one of his victims plans to file a civil lawsuit against him.

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