Sacto 9-1-1
March 11, 2011
Sacramento jury convicts man of sexual assaulting child

By Cathy Locke

A 43-year-old man has been convicted by a Sacramento Superior Court jury of sexual acts with a child who had been placed in his care.

The jury found Ronald Meza guilty on all counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child younger than 14 years of age, sex acts with a child 10 years old or younger and false imprisonment.

The 9-year-old victim was a relative. Because the victim's parents preferred that a family member watch their daughter rather than send her to a daycare provider, they asked Meza to watch her when she came home from school, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

Officials said Meza molested the child for approximately one year until she finally told her parents.

Meza is to be sentenced April 8.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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