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Lindsay man awaits sentencing for 41 counts of child molestation

Lindsay man awaits sentencing for 41 counts of child molestation

Tulare County jury convicts Aristeo Sampablo of child molestation, sentencing on Aug. 8

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LINDSAY – A Lindsay man is waiting for what is assured to be a harsh sentencing, but perhaps nothing is harsh enough for Aristeo Sampablo, 30, who was convicted of 41 counts of child molestation.

Last Thursday, July 11, a Tulare County jury found Sampablo, age 30, guilty and convicted of six counts of sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 10, three counts of sodomy with a minor under the age of 10, one count of digital penetration of a minor under the age of 10, and 31 counts of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14.

The jury also found true the special allegation of substantial sexual conduct and that the crimes were committed against multiple victims. Each count is a felony and considered a strike offense.

The crimes occurred between March 7, 2015, and May 23, 2017, against two, separate female victims between the ages of six and 10 at the time of the sexual assaults. All 41 crimes occurred in Tulare and Lindsay.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 8, in Superior Court where Sampablo faces 790 years-to-life in state prison. Sampablo will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chelsea Wayt of the Crimes against Children Division and was investigated by Detective German Barrios of the Tulare Police Department.

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