The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office today announced the conviction or sentencing of three men in separate cases involving sexual abuse of children.
Larry Paul Gregory, 68, who was convicted by a jury last month of eight counts of child sexual abuse, has been sentenced to 600 years to life in prison. Gregory's previous felony convictions involving child sexual abuse made him subject to sentencing enhancements, officials said. He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Lloyd Connelly.
Gregory was considered a good friend of the 5-year-old victim and her family. In the months leading up to the assaults in 2009, Gregory inappropriately exposed himself to the victim on several occasions while playing soccer and swimming with her in the backyard. He also sexually assaulted the youngster in her bedroom and living room, according to a District Attorney's Office news release.
In 1998, Gregory was convicted by a Sacramento County jury of molesting a 9-year-old girl.
In another case, 55-year-old Victor Hernandez was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley to 27 years and 8 months in prison after he was convicted by a jury on 16 counts of child molestation.
Hernandez began sexually assaulting the victim in 2006. Officials said the assaults began when the victim was 11 years old and continued until age 15.
The District Attorney's Office also announced that Richard Johnson, 31, has been convicted of assaulting a child younger than 14 years old. The jury also found a kidnapping allegation to be true.
In February 2009, Johnson kidnapped a 13-year-old girl, stuffed her into a truck and drove her to the woods where he raped her, authorities said.
Johnson is to be sentenced July 26 by Superior Court Judge Helena Gweon.