Visalia man convicted of child molestation, murder

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A Visalia man was convicted Tuesday of murder and child molestation, the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office said.

Hector Gonzalez, 53, was convicted of first-degree murder, one count of sodomy on a child 10-years-old or younger, one count of oral copulation on a child 10-years-old or younger, 22 counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, and two counts of lewd act on a child age 14.

With the murder conviction, there was also the special allegation of use of a sharp stabbing instrument and that he committed the crime while out on bail, and 14 of the 22 counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 carried the special allegation of substantial sexual conduct, the DA’s Office said.

The sexual assaults occurred between Feb. 13, 2010 and Oct. 30, 2014 against one girl from age 10 through 14.

On Jan. 1, 2016, a missing persons report was filed for 32-year-old Krickett Enriquez — Gonzalez’s former girlfriend — and the 8-year-old child they shared.

During the search of Gonzalez’s apartment complex, officers from the Visalia Police Department located the body of Enriquez in a car covered by a tarp in the parking area, the DA’s Office said. Enriquez had 21 stab wounds, four of which were determined to be fatal.

Detectives canvassed the apartment complex and located Gonzalez, along with the 8-year-old. Gonzalez was immediately taken into custody.

Gonzalez was out on bail for the sexual assaults when Enriquez was murdered.

The sexual assaults were committed against a victim not biologically related to Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is scheduled to be sentenced May 3 and faces up to 108-years-to-life in prison.

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