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Jury convicts Turlock man of molesting step daughters, niece
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A Turlock man has been convicted by a Stanislaus County Superior Court jury on multiple charges of sexual assault involving minors.

The jury returned a guilty verdict against Anthony Conklin, 47, on Monday. The found him guilty of two felony charges of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under the age of 14 years, and one felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child age 14 or 15 years, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

The jury also found true that Conklin had committed certain sex crimes against multiple victims and was therefore eligible for the “One Strike” sentencing laws. A law passed by the California legislature in 1994 and bolstered in 2006 under Jessica’s Law, states child molesters and rapists can be sentenced to 15 years to life or 25 years to life if the crime involved certain aspects, including multiple victims.

The prosecution’s case against Conklin involved three victims — his two step daughters and his niece.

Conklin was residing in Turlock with his two step daughters and their mother in 2004. It was at this time that the molestation of the two girls began. The district attorney’s office said one sister was 11 years old and the other was 9 years old. The molestation continued until 2010, when the younger victim was approximately 15 years old. In 2011, the younger victim reported the molestations to a family friend.

After the molestation was brought to the attention of law enforcement, Conklin’s niece came forward and stated she was molested by him between the ages of 6 to 8 years old, according to the district attorney’s office.

A few months later, the older sister told a friend about the abuse she suffered from Conklin and her case was investigated by law enforcement.

Conklin has a prior conviction for a no contest plea in 2013 to a charge of embezzlement by employee, according to court records.

Conklin is facing a possible prison sentence of 48 years to life. A sentencing hearing is set for April 7.