Santa Barbara County Man Sentenced To 158 Years In Prison For Child Molestation

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:33pm


A Santa Barbara County man received a 158 year prison sentence for child molestation, after prosecutors say he victimized members of his own family for years.

Jose Raya-Hernandez of Santa Barbara was convicted of nine counts involving crimes against three members of his family in Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Investigators say Raya-Hernandez molested his victims hundreds of times over the years.

Prosecutors say he was actually a repeat offender. He was convicted of molestation in 2005, and deported to Mexico, but he then came back illegally into the United States. When he returned, the victims finally reported the abuse, and testified against the 42 year old man in court.


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