Tatoo Artist Gets 10 Years for Molesting 14-Year-Old

The Mission Viejo man plead guilty to multiple felonies. He was arrested in Dana Point last year.

Edder Giovani Nieves-Vera was sentenced for 10 years after pleading guilty to statutory rape of a 14-year-old. Booking photo courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Edder Giovani Nieves-Vera was sentenced for 10 years after pleading guilty to statutory rape of a 14-year-old. Booking photo courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

A 30-year-old tattoo artist from Mission Viejo pleaded guilty today and was immediately sentenced to 10 years in prison for statutory rape, molesting a 14-year-old girl and multiple other felonies, according to court records.

Edder Giovani Nieves-Vera was arrested in January 2013 at the Dana Point Harbor by the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force, which consists of federal and Orange County law enforcement agencies.

The parents of a 14-year-old girl called Orange County sheriff's deputies on Dec. 21, 2012, reporting a man contacted their daughter via Facebook, offering her a free tattoo, drugs and alcohol, according to Orange County sheriff's investigators.

The girl and her friend, also 14, met with Nieves-Vera on Dec. 15, 2012 at his home in Mission Viejo, where he offered them drugs and gave them alcohol and tattoos, according to sheriff's investigators.

Undercover investigators posing as a 14-year-old girl started an online dialogue with Nieves-Vera in January 2013. When he showed up for a meeting that month at the Dana Point Harbor with the girl to finish her tattoo, investigators handcuffed him.

Nieves-Vera pleaded guilty to three counts of meeting a minor to commit lewd conduct and one count each of lewd acts on a child 14 or 15, child annoyance, luring a child with intent to commit a specified crime, annoying or molesting a child younger than 18 with a specified prior conviction, inducing a minor to buy or sell a controlled substance, statutory rape, soliciting a minor to buy or sell a controlled substance, exhibition of lewd materials to a minor, possession or control of child pornography and forgery of public or corporate seals, all felonies.

Nieves-Vera also pleaded guilty to 17 misdemeanor counts of tattooing a minor.

Nieves-Vera was arrested by Murrieta police in 2004 for child annoyance and having false identifying documents, according to sheriff's investigators. In that case he drove up to a 14-year-old girl walking to school, offering to give her a ride, touch her and take her photo, according to sheriff's investigators.

Nieves-Vera was sentenced to three years in prison in that case and then
was deported.

--City News Service

Ann Davis February 16, 2014 at 01:10 AM
I sure don't think he can be cured of his sickness so 10 yrs in prison let's all look for when he gets out. On the other hand what parent let's a 14yr old out without supervision? Girls that age in this day and time should go to school and home. Want to go to the mall no problem parents take you and drop you off for a certain amount of time. You are not aloud to walk home. Had this parent done this there would be no story. Supervised internet. I believe the parents needed better control.
Brainwashed_In_Church February 16, 2014 at 06:37 PM
Didn't Jack Nicholson's character in Cuckoo's Nest find a way to go to a mental institution for this act?
rubberband February 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM
Annie G....Girl with The Dragon Tattoo....When Lisbeth Salander gets her revenge....Ties her (many times) rapist down, and tattoos his chest and belly with huge letters : "Jag är ett sadistiskt svin och en vådtäksman".....translation? "I am a sadistic pig and a rapist"...and threatens him, that if he ever tries to get it removed, she'll come back and carve it on his forehead.
Annie G. February 19, 2014 at 01:51 PM
id carve it in his forehead too, save time
rubberband February 19, 2014 at 03:45 PM
There ya go...that's the bad a$$ response I'd expect from ya... Best revenge on a rapist sadist I'd ever seen in a movie. It's difficult to watch up until that point, both the American and Swedish versions; both are brutally horrifically violent... however if you can last to the part she gets her revenge....I understood her design exactly. Lisbeth Salander is a powerful and interesting heroine.


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