A former Bible study instructor at an Annapolis church was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a child.
Erick Ernesto Granados-Zeledon, 39, of Edgewater, was arrested in June and charged with sex abuse of a minor and several related crimes. A 10-year-old child told investigators that Granados-Zeledon sexually abused him.
On Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Michael Wachs sentenced him to 10 years in prison with five years probation. Granados-Zeledon is required to register as a tier three sex offender for the rest of his life and has been barred from any unsupervised contact with minors.
Granados-Zeledon was a chaperone and Bible study instructor at Iglesia Hispana Emmanuel in Annapolis, where he met the boy and his family, Assistant State’s Attorney Reva Chopra said during the sentencing hearing in Annapolis. He became a friend of the family and would take the child from the family's residence to church, out to eat and occasionally to his home in Edgewater, police wrote in charging documents.
“His family believed (Granados-Zeledon) wanted to be a mentor for the young boy,” Chopra said in court.
Chopra read a victim impact statement from the boy’s mother, who wrote that after the sexual abuse, her son began to cut himself, was suicidal, had outbursts of anger, and displayed symptoms of anxiety and depression.
“My family life has been disrupted forever,” Chopra read to the court from the mother’s statement. “This has changed my trust in people forever.”
Assistant Public Defender Bethany Linden Skopp, Granados-Zeledon’s attorney, said her client admitted to investigators that he'd performed sexual acts with the child in March when he drove the boy to his home. He pleaded guilty in October, and prosecutors dropped all of the charges except for sex abuse of a minor.
At the time of his arrest, Anne Arundel County police expressed concerned there might have been more victims since Granados-Zeledon’s position at the church put him in regular contact with children.
Both Chopra and Skopp said Granados-Zeledon, who was assisted by a translator during the proceedings, could face deportation to his home country of El Salvador. Officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement could not provide comment Tuesday, and it wasn’t clear from court records what his immigration status is.
“No matter where the defendant lives, he will always live with what he has done,” Chopra said.
Former Annapolis Bible study instructor gets 10 years for sexually abusing child Selene San Dec 5 2017