Elissa Alvarez is paying a high price after she was filmed having sex on a crowded public beach.
She told INSIDE EDITION: “I am a sex offender right now.”
The 21-year-old and her bodybuilder boyfriend, Jose Caballero, are now on the national sex offender registry.
She said: “I’m not as sex offender. I’m not a child molester. I would never do anything to a child physically. I absolutely love children I always said I wanted six kids.”
Alvarez continued: “When I have a kid I am going to be labeled a sex offender and will people want to bring their kids to my kids? And can I go to there? And now, I think should I even how a kid now. It's not fair at all.”
She was on a packed beach in the middle of the afternoon when she had sex with her boyfriend. Not only was the couple caught on a cell phone camera but it was in the presence of a three-year-old playing on the beach.
Cops in Bradenton, Florida hauled Caballero away wearing only a red speedo. Alvarez was in her bikini.
The couple was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition, which is a felony. They faced a whopping 15 years.
Her lawyer Gregory Hagopian said: “People say these two should have known better.”
He went on: “I don't disagree with them. To go ahead and convict someone of a sex crime and put them behind bars for years and a sex offender for life that is a bit too much.”
Prosecutor Anthony Dafonseca disagrees. He said: “This is someone sexual explicit actions in front of minors at a beach at 2:30 in the afternoon. This is not what you can expect to see.”
It took a jury only 15 minutes to reach a guilty verdict. The key piece of evidence was the viral video taken by a grandmother on the beach.
Caballero, who has a prior conviction for cocaine trafficking, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years. Alvarez, however, was spared jail time. But she says she now has to live with the shame.
"The fact that I have to live with that and go through that and deal with the consequences that go with that, it is embarrassing," she said.
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