Woodbridge man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting boy

A Woodbridge man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy in June 2000 that he knew.

Carlos Fernando Mesinas, 44, will be sentenced Oct. 11.

Prince William Detective Mike Porter testified that Mesinas admitted the abuse during initial interviews after the crime was reported to police by the boy’s father.

Porter said the boy told his father about the abuse.

In Prince William Circuit Court on Thursday, Mesinas’s lawyer, Griffin James, said he inferred that his client was regretful based on the look on his face.

“He’s very remorseful, very embarrassed about it,” James told Judge William D. Hamblen. “Did you see the way he had his head down? I think he’s really ashamed of himself.”

James said Mesinas made the decision to plead guilty. He said they sat down together and talked about his prospects for a jury trial based on information about the case, and talks he had with Commonwealth’s Attorney James A. Willett. Because of attorney-client privilege, James would not comment on whether Mesinas expressed remorse to him.

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