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Man convicted of 22 counts of molestation

Man convicted of 22 counts of molestation

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visalia – A Visalia man faces up to 330 years in prison after being convicted of 22 counts of child molestation. On Aug. 2, a Tulare County jury found Alex Lopez, 75, of Visalia, guilty of 22 counts of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 over the course of 16 years. The jury also found true the special allegations of substantial sexual conduct and that each crime involved multiple victims. Each count is a felony.

The crimes began in July of 1993 and continued until approximately May of 2009 against five victims. One crime occurred between July 16, 1993 and July 15, 1995 against a female victim, who was between nine and ten years old at the time of the sexual assault. Two of the crimes occurred between Jan. 4, 1996 and Jan. 3, 1998 against a female victim, who was between six and seven years old at the time of the sexual assaults. Eleven of the crimes occurred between Jan. 18, 1995 and Jan. 17, 2000 against a female victim, who was between four and eight years old at the time of the sexual assaults. Seven of the crimes occurred between May 5, 2001 and May 4, 2008 against a female victim, who was between four and ten years old at the time of the sexual assaults. The last crime occurred between May 20, 2005 and May 19, 2009 against a male victim who was between three and six years old at the time of the sexual assault. Twenty-one of the crimes involved substantial sexual conduct.

Judge Kathryn Montejano will sentence Lopez on Sept. 28, 2017, in Tulare County Superior Court. Lopez faces 330 years to life in state prison and will 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 investigated by Detective Mike Verissimo of the Visalia Police Department and retired Detective Christine Gray of the Fresno Police Department.

Former elementary school janitor

sentenced for child molestation

On Aug. 3, the first of two former Visalia Unified School District employees was sentenced to child molestation. Judge Kathryn Montejano sentenced Antonio Cordova, 35, of Dinuba, to 40 years in state prison for child molestation. On June 16, 2017, Cordova pleaded no contest to seventeen counts of lewd acts on a child under fourteen. Each count is a felony. The crimes occurred between Feb. 28, 2009 and Feb. 26, 2013 on the Oak Grove Elementary School campus in Visalia. Cordova was employed as a janitorat the school. The crimes were committed against seven female victims who were between the ages of six and ten years old at the time of the sexual assaults. Cordova will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. He will also be required to pay restitution to his victims.

Another former school district employee faces 21 years in state prison for child molestation. On Sept. 1, Judge Kathryn Montejano will sentence Luis Lopez, 30, of Dinuba in Department 10 of the Tulare County Superior Court. On July 20, a Tulare County jury convicted the former middle school campus supervisor of 15 felony counts of child molestation. Lopez was found guilty of 11 counts of lewd acts upon a child age 14 and 15 and four counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. The jury also found true the special allegation of substantial sexual conduct. Each count is a felony.

Eleven of the crimes occurred between March 19, 2013 and Feb. 3, 2014 against a female victim, who was between 14 and 15 years old at the time of the sexual assaults. The other four crimes occurred on Feb. 7, 2014 against a separate female victim, who was 13 years old at the time of the sexual assaults. All 15 crimes occurred at various locations of Valley Oak Middle School in Visalia during school hours.

Lopez 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 investigated by Detective Matt Jones of the Visalia Police Department.

 

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