DATE: April 18, 2016
CASE: Juvenal Lopez
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Maria Wilson, Special Assault & Child Abuse Unit
Fifty-four-year-old Juvenal Lopez was convicted by jury of 13 child sexual assault charges, including multiple counts of lewd acts upon a child as well as oral copulation, and rape. A multiple victim allegation was also found true.
Lopez was charged with a number of child molest counts in 2000. The charges involved female family members. Lopez’s other young family members were questioned, but they all denied any abuse by Lopez. In 2002, Lopez was convicted of 3 counts of child molestation regarding one of his female family members. He was sentenced to 12 years state prison.
After being released from prison, Lopez was charged for molesting a 3-year-old girl who was visiting her grandmother next door to where Lopez was living. Detectives and investigators then tracked down a number of the children who were questioned in 2000 to ask them again whether Lopez had sexually abused them when they were young. Three female family members admitted Lopez had indeed molested them when they were between the ages of 5 and 8 years old. Charges stemming from those sexual assaults were added to the current case.
Lopez faces a maximum potential sentence of 195 years to life in prison. Sentencing is set for May 27, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 39 before the Honorable James Arguelles.
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