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Ceres man guilty of molesting young boys
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William Jesse Irving, Jr., 44, of Ceres, was convicted of molesting children after a five-day jury trial which began on Oct. 27. Irving was convicted of six felony counts involving two male victims. He faces a maximum sentence of 13 years and 8 months.

Deputy District Attorney Annette Rees said that Irving invited young boys to his house on Tamarack Drive in Ceres where he gave them drugs and sexually assaulted them between February and December of 2007.

A Stanislaus County Sheriff's detective said Irving invited minor boys aged 13 to 16 to come over to his house which had narrow passageways through piles of debris stacked to the ceiling. Once inside the house Irving provided the boys with methamphetamine and show then pornographic movies and sexually assault them. Two boys, now aged 14 and 16 years old, testified at the trial.

Rees told the jury that Irving picked the "perfect victims."

"Who would believe these boys?" said Rees. "They were drug users and delinquents. Who is going to protect them?"

Irving was convicted of two counts of furnishing drugs to a minor, two counts of exhibiting harmful matter to a minor, one count of oral copulation of a Minor, and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

Irving is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 1 before the Judge Nancy Ashley.