A Turlock man will be spending a lengthy time in prison for his conviction for sexually abusing the two young daughters of his one-time girlfriend.
Christopher Bonander, 35, was convicted by a jury on Feb. 4 of five felony counts including oral copulation of an 8-year-old, lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 14 years old and exhibiting harmful matter to seduce a minor.
On Monday, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office announced that Bonander was sentenced to 25 years and 8 months to life in state prison.
The crimes Bonander was convicted on occurred from December 2015 through April 2016. Bonander lived with his girlfriend and her two girls, who were eight and nine years old at the time. Both girls, now 11 and 12 years old, testified at the trial against Bonander.
The evidence presented at trial included recorded phone calls made by the mother of the two victims to Bonander. The calls were made at the request of Turlock Police Detective Tim Redd, who was investigating the case. In the calls, the defendant admitted to orally copulating the 8-year-old as well as showing both girls pornography.
Bonander testified during the trial and claimed that he made the admissions only to appease his girlfriend so that she would take him back and allow him to move back in, according to the district attorney’s office. There were other acts the defendant refused to admit, such as exposing himself to the girls. The defendant claimed those acts were “disgusting,” according to the district attorney’s office.
All the defendant’s crimes are considered serious and violent offenses under California’s “Three Strikes” law. Bonander is eligible to be evaluated as a sexually violent offender prior to any release on parole.