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Man charged with sex crime

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By David Giuliani

A man accused of performing a sexual act on a teen has been sentenced to probation.

Tony Cisneros, 54, a government employee, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of criminal sexual penetration, a fourth-degree felony.

He entered a plea agreement with prosecutors and will not be registered as a sex offender if he complies with the terms of his agreement.

He could have faced up to 18 months in prison.

According to authorities, Cisneros performed the sexual act on a boy in July 2009 at the youth’s home.

“The victim has been extremely traumatized. I can only imagine how that has affected him,” District Attorney Richard Flores told District Judge Abigail Aragon during a hearing.

Calling the crime “a major violation of trust,” Flores said the boy had respected Cisneros. He said the boy had a consistent story and had to endure telling it several times throughout the process.

Flores praised the boy’s parents for supporting him.

Cisneros’ attorney, Gary Alsup, told the judge that his client is married and has three children. Cisneros has worked for the government for 21 years and is only four years from retirement, the attorney said.