ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Opening statements and testimony were made Thursday in the trial of the man police and prosecutors have called the "Arroyo Molester."
Genaro Sandoval is accused of a series of sexual attacks on young boys in Albuquerque's northeast arroyos.
In opening statements, prosecutors outlined how Sandoval allegedly targeted his victim and how DNA in this case could play a huge role.
Prosecutors were up first, outlining the events of that August 2003 day. They say the 11-year-old victim was walking home from school near the Embudito Arroyo in northeast Albuquerque. Prosecutors also say Sandoval approached the boy, asking him to spray paint the phrase "matt sucks" on the bridge.
"The guy keeps nagging and nagging and nagging, so he tells him he's going to pay him ten bucks and finally gives in," Lisa Trabaudo, Deputy District Attorney, said in opening statements.
The prosecution says Sandoval then asked the boy to 'moon' his video camera for more money. They say, that's when Sandoval raped the boy at gunpoint. The boy ran home, with the money in hand, to tell his siblings and parents what happened.
When they had their turn for opening statements, Sandoval's attorney told the jury the DNA and the facts don't match up.
"The case is going to focus on the science of this DNA and where it came from," criminal attorney Joseph Riggs told the jury. "If the DNA was correct, it would support all of the other pieces of evidence."
Sandoval is facing six charges, including first degree rape and kidnapping. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.
Opening statements were followed by the first witnesses on Thursday.