WOODLAND, CA - Brett Pedroia, the older brother of Boston Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia, was sentenced to a year in county jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to having oral sex with a 9-year-old boy in 2005.
Pedroia also received eight years of probation and would face six years in prison if he violates that probation in the sentence handed down by Yolo Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson.
During a sentencing hearing Tuesday, Pedroia testified to a long-standing drug problem and said he was using meth with the boy's mother when the molestation occurred.
Pedroia was arrested Jan. 9 for two counts of oral copulation and two counts of lewd acts with a child under 14 years old in connection with the 2005 incident. After pleading not guilty to the charges in February, Pedroia changed his plea in April, agreeing to plead guilty to a single oral copulation count.
Richardson told the court that Pedroia's efforts to straighten out his life over the past four years led him to believe Pedroia could be rehabilitated.
Pedroia's brother Dustin graduated from Woodland High School in 2001. After winning American League Rookie of the Year honors with the Boston Red Sox in 2007, Dustin Pedroia finished 2008 with a .326 average, 17 home runs and 83 RBIs, becoming the first AL second baseman since 1959 to be named the league's Most Valuable Player.