General Crime

* George Clair Sentenced to 59 Years in Prison for Molesting His Daughter and Child Porn

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A 44-year-old man has been sentenced in Sonoma County Superior Court to 59 years to life in prison for molesting his daughter and possessing child pornography. George Clair was convicted Oct. 30 after an 11-day jury trial of 46 felony counts relating to molesting his daughter and possessing, producing and distributing child pornography, the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office announced last week. Cotati police began investigating the case after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported that possible child pornography was being shared over the Internet in their jurisdiction. Forensic examinations of the computers and hard drives revealed thousands of images of child pornography, including images of Clair’s 9-year-old daughter, according to the district attorney’s office. Images of his daughter being molested by a male, who left his face out of the photos, were found, as well as e-mails exchanging child pornography with others, the district attorney’s office reported. Recorded calls Clair made from jail revealed an attempt to destroy evidence on the computer, authorities said. Just before the trial began, Clair’s daughter told authorities that her father had molested her, according to the district attorney’s office. The jury deliberated for about one day before finding Clair guilty. “This defendant violated a position of trust with his 9-year-old daughter,” Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said in a
statement. “This sentence is appropriate given the abuse and exploitation this man perpetrated on his daughter.”
He was sentenced to 44 years, plus 15 years to life in prison, in connection with the case.

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