A Turlock man has been found guilty by a Stanislaus County jury on five felony counts related to the sexual abuse of two minors, the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Christopher Bonander, 34, 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.
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.
Bonander is scheduled to be sentenced on March 8. He faces a maximum sentence of 26 years and 8 months to life in prison. He is also subject to lifetime registration as a sex offender and evaluation as a sexually violent predator.