Sacto 9-1-1
March 29, 2013
Woodland man convicted of molesting, beating 2-year-old

A Woodland man has been found guilty of sexually molesting a 2-year-old boy.

After 10 hours of deliberation over two days, a Yolo County jury on Thursday convicted John "Tim" Ganthner, 46, of two felony counts of sexual assault of a child younger than 10 years old, four felony counts of physical abuse of a child and three additional enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury on a child younger than 5, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

In the morning of Aug. 23, 2011, Ganthner was left alone to watch the child while the youngster's grandmother performed volunteer work for a local charity, authorities said. When the grandmother returned about 12:30 p.m., she noticed that the child had severe injuries to his private areas and chest.

A physician conducted a sexual assault exam and determined that the child had been beaten and sexually assaulted.

Initially, Ganthner, who had been the only person with the child, denied injuring the youngster. He eventually admitted to a Woodland police detective that he had kicked the child one time because the youngster would not stop crying, authorities said. Ganthner was arrested Aug. 24, 2011.

He is to be sentenced May 10 by Yolo Superior Court Judge Stephen L. Mock.

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