A Ventura County man received a 135 years to life prison sentence after being convicted of multiple cases of child molestation. In 2015, a victim went to Simi Valley Police saying she had been assaulted multiple times by Juan Benito Rueda. Detectives say they were able to identify four additional victims as well as a witness.
Prosecutors say after his arrest in 2018, the Santa Paula man repeatedly tried to intimidate his victims from testifying against him. But, the victims all took the stand in court.
The 50 year old man was convicted of nine counts of committing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, and of committing lewd acts on multiple victims.
Rueda received the maximum possible sentence for the crimes which involved victims between the ages of four and 13.