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Jury convicts Visalia man of molesting 9-year-old girl

Jury convicts Visalia man of molesting 9-year-old girl

Joseph Baltezor is convicted of molesting the same girl since she was 9 until she was 14

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VISALIA – A Visalia man was convicted last week of molesting a girl from the time she was 9 until she was 14 years old. 

Joseph Baltezor 42 years old

Joseph Baltezor
42 years old

On April 13, a Tulare County jury found Joseph Baltezor, 42, of Visalia, guilty of 20 counts of lewd act on a child under the age of fourteen, one count of lewd act on a child aged fourteen, and one count of sexual penetration of a child ten or under. On six of the counts, Baltezor was found to have substantial sexual conduct with a victim under the age of fourteen. 

The crimes occurred between 2008 and 2013 against a single minor female victim who was between nine and fourteen years of age at the time of the sexual assaults. Judge Gary Paden set Baltezor’s sentencing hearing for May 25 in Department 6 of the Tulare County Superior Court where Baltezor faces the possibility life in prison. In addition to his sentence, he will have to register as a sex offender. 

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Laura Jackson of the Crimes against Children Division and investigated by Sgt. Mike Verissimo of the Visalia Police Department.

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