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Former VUSD employee gets 12 years in prison for molestation

Former VUSD employee gets 12 years in prison for molestation

Luis Lopez, a campus supervisor, molested girls ages 13 and 14 at Valley Oak Middle School in 2013 and 2014

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VISALIA – A former Visalia Unified School District campus supervisor will spend the next 12 years in prison for molesting a 13 and 14 year old at Valley Oak Middle School.

On Sept. 1, Tulare County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Montejano sentenced Luis Lopez, 30, of Dinuba, to 12 years in prison for child molestation. Lopez will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

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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