Visalia man faces life in prison for 14 felony counts of child molestation

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A Visalia man was found guilty of 14 felony counts of child molestation Thursday, according to a news release from the Tulare County Superior Court.

Pedro Salinas, 47, was found guilty of one count of forcible lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, seven counts of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, one count of attempted lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, two counts of forcible sodomy on a child 14 years or older and two counts of forcible sexual penetration on a child 14 years or older.

The crimes were committed against several victims, the news release says. Thirteen of the counts are strike offenses.

Twelve of the crimes occurred between Oct. 5, 2008, and July 20, 2017, against a female victim, who was between seven and 15-years-old at the time of the sexual assaults.

The other two crimes occurred between Jan. 5, 2009, and Jan. 4, 2017 against a separate female victim who was between the ages of 9 and 10-years-old at the time of the sexual assaults.

He will be sentenced July 15, where he faces 132 years to life in state prison. Salinas will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

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