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Tulare County Jury Convicts Man of Child Molestation



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A Tulare County jury convicted Yovani Martinez, 33, of molesting a young girl multiple times over five years and possessing child pornography on Wednesday.

Yovani Martinez

In all, the jury in a Visalia courtroom found Martinez, a Tulare resident, guilty on 10 felony counts.

The jury also found true the special allegation of substantial sexual conduct, Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said in a news release.

The crimes occurred between January 1, 2012, and February 10, 2017, against the girl, who was less than 8 years old at the time the sexual assaults began.

Maximum Sentence: Nearly 50 Years

Martinez faces a maximum sentence of nearly 50 years in prison. He must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

His sentencing is set for June 23 back in Department 6 of the Visalia court.

Deputy District Attorney Chelsea Wayt prosecuted and Tulare Police Corp. Cynthia Vasquez investigated the case.

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