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Child molester sentenced
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A 45-year-old man convicted of molesting children in Turlock was sentenced to prison Monday.

David Montano of Coto De Caza, Calif. was convicted of two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child.

Upon learning that her two younger sisters had been molested by Montano, a 24-year-old woman went to the Turlock Police Department in 2008 to report her sisters’ molests, as well as her own, which began back in 1988.

She reported several incidents of sexual abuse by Montano beginning when she was 4 years old until approximately 13 years old.

 Law enforcement found Montano living in Southern California in March.

Although not present at the plea, the elder victim provided a written statement for Deputy District Attorney Elaine G. Casillas to read in court at sentencing. Parts of the statement read, “I was very young but I knew the things he would do to me were not right…You took away my innocence…My sisters mean so much to me, it broke my heart to know you had also tried doing inappropriate things to them.”

Upon entry of the no contest plea, Judge Ricardo Cordova sentenced Montano to eight years in state prison. He will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Both counts fall under California’s “Three Strikes” Law, which will make Montano subject to a life sentence for any future felony conviction.