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Child molestation conviction nets Calif. man 255 years in prison

It is not unreasonable to suggest that child molestation might be considered one of the most heinous crimes, in California or elsewhere. That's why those accused of such a crime must arrange for as vigorous a defense as possible to ensure they are not unjustly convicted. A 27-year-old California man is going to experience the stigma of this crime firsthand after a jury recently returned a guilty verdict on his multiple child molestation charges. He will most likely spend the rest of his life in jail.

On Aug. 12, 2011 a jury found the 27-year-old Porterville resident guilty on 12 counts of child molestation that reportedly involved three victims under 14 years of age. The man was also found guilty of forcible child molestation on a victim under 14 years, and three counts of sodomy and/or sexual intercourse on a victim under the age of 10. Additionally, he was found guilty on one count of oral copulation on a victim under the age of 10.

Late last month, the man was sentenced to 255 years to life in prison, which he will serve in a California state prison. Factors that led to this sentence included a special finding by the jury that the crimes were committed against multiple victims. California has a "Three Strikes Law," and each felony conviction constituted a "strike," significantly impacting his sentence. In addition to his prison term, the man was also ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution, and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. If he does not see parole during his life time, he will remain a registered sex offender within prison walls for the duration of his 255 year sentence.

This case demonstrates that California understandably treats child molestation seriously, and a conviction will severely impact the life of the individual found guilty. As with any serious crime, a person suspected of or charged with wrongdoing would benefit from consulting a California criminal defense attorney at the earliest opportunity. There are issues of legal rights and matters of proof that are part and parcel of any criminal prosecution. A lawyer may help guard those rights and assist in preparing a meaningful defense aimed at an equitable resolution.

Source: The Record Online, "Porterville man sentenced for child molestation," The Record Online Staff, Sepy. 27, 2011

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