Ivanhoe molester denied parole
Ernie Sedillo, 66, is serving life in prison for six counts of child molestation and two counts of robbery
VISALIA – An Ivanhoe man serving life in prison for robbery and child molestation was denied parole last week.
On Oct. 10, the California State Parole Board denied parole for Ernie Sedillo, age 66, who is serving his sentence at the Valley State Prison in Chowchilla. This was Sedillo’s first eligibility for parole and he received a seven year denial. He is not eligible for another parole hearing until 2024.
Sedillo molested a seven-year-old female victim at his home while he worked as a church youth coordinator in Visalia in April of 1997. Prior to that, he molested a 15-year-old female victim at his home in Ivanhoe while he worked as a youth counselor in January of 1996. In November of 1997, Sedillo was found guilty of four counts of lewd act on a child under the age of 14 and two counts of misdemeanor child molestation. The crimes constituted Sedillo’s third “strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law, as he possessed two prior strikes for robbery.
He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in April of 1998. The District Attorney’s Office routinely attends parole hearings and a Supervising Deputy District Attorney argued against the inmate’s release in this case.