A Salinas man will be sentenced to 20 years in prison after entering no contest pleas to seven counts of lewd acts upon a child, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.
Maurillo Gonzales, 21, entered his pleas Monday as jury selection was about to begin before his trial on charges of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl who was 10 and 11 years old at the time, Deputy District Attorney Megan Carter said.
A sentencing hearing before Judge Pamela Butler in Monterey County Superior Court in Salinas has been set for Oct. 17, when Gonzales will receive a stipulated prison sentence of 20 years and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, Carter said.
The acts of molestation Gonzales was charged with involved the same victim in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties between 2012 and this year, prosecutors said.
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