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Ventura County Man Gets 22 Year State Prison Sentence For Molesting Two Girls

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to more than two decades behind bars for molesting two young girls. In January of 2016, a teenage girl told one of her teachers that she had been repeatedly molested over a three year period, starting when she was nine years old. The school notified Oxnard Police. Detectives say they identified Gregorio Santacruz of Oxnard as a suspect, and linked him to a second victim as well.

Prosecutors say he ultimately pled guilty to four sexual abuse charges. Santacruz was sentenced to 22 years in state prison. The 40 year old man was also ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to the two victims.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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