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* Martin Pulido-Sanchez Petaluma man sentenced to 165 years to life in prison for molesting his two biological daughters

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A Petaluma man has been sentenced to 165 years to life in prison for molesting his two biological daughters under 14 years old, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch said.Martin Pulido-Sanchez, 45, was convicted by a Sonoma County Superior Court jury May 29 of 11 counts of committing a lewd and lascivious act with a child under 14 years old. Judge Virginia Marcoida sentenced him to 11 15-years-to-life prison terms that will run consecutively. Two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child were dismissed.

The sexual assaults occurred over a four-year period and sometimes occurred weekly, Ravitch said. The victims are now 22 and 20. One of Pulido-Sanchez’s biological daughters testified she and her sister acted as lookouts while their father took turns molesting them, Ravitch said. The girls’ older stepsister also testified she was abused by her father for nine years of her childhood, Ravitch said. Pulido-Sanchez pleaded no contest on Aug. 28, 2000, to molesting his stepdaughter in May 1999, and he was sentenced to eight years in state prison.

After Pulido-Sanchez was convicted and sent to prison for that offense, his younger biological daughters reported the full extent of the victimization they suffered, Ravitch said. Pulido-Sanchez was arrested on May 8, 2008, for molesting his two biological daughters while they were under age 14.

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