A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to 65 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting children.
Santiago Sanchez was convicted by a Sacramento County jury in February of multiple counts of lewd acts with a minor and sexual assault charges. The jury also found true that Sanchez molested more than one victim in the commission of these offenses, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.
Sanchez was sentenced today by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Goodman.
On Aug. 2, 2011, Sanchez was babysitting the 8 and 10-year-old victims, along with their four brothers. One of the children walked into a bedroom and discovered Sanchez partially unclothed and on top of his 8-year-old sister, authorities said. In an effort to get help, the boy rode his bike to several neighbors' homes and then to a local gas station, where he called 911. Officers learned soon afterward that Sanchez had engaged in lewd acts with the two sisters over a period of two days before his arrest.