Man sentenced to 50 to life for child molestation

REDWOOD CITY (BCN) — A Redwood City man convicted of molesting a young girl that his girlfriend was babysitting was sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison Friday, prosecutors said today.

Daniel Mejia Hernandez, 29, was sentenced Friday following his conviction in July on three counts of felony sexual acts with a child under
10 years of age.

A jury acquitted him on a fourth count of the same charge, prosecutors said.

Hernandez is accused of molesting a girl over a period of two years in 2007 and 2008 when she was 7 and 8 years old, prosecutors said

Hernandez’ girlfriend was babysitting the girl, but would leave Hernandez alone with her while she prepared food.

The girl told her father about the molestation, which according to prosecutors included acts of intercourse and oral copulation, around five
years after it ended, at which time her father contacted the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak gave Hernandez credit for 864 days time served. She also ordered him to register as a sex offender, submit to genetic testing and pay associated fines and fees, prosecutors said.

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