Yovani Martinez is found guilty of child molestation and being in possession of child pornography
VISALIA – A Tulare County jury put away the worst kind of criminal there is: a child molester.
Last week Yovani Martinez, 33, was found guilty of two counts of digital penetration of a child under the age of 10, six counts of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of using a minor for sex acts. The jury also found true the special allegation of substantial sexual conduct. Each count is a felony and eight of the counts are strike offenses.
The crimes occurred between Jan. 1, 2012, and Feb. 10, 2017, against a female victim, who was between 5 and 8 years old at the time of the sexual assaults. All of the crimes occurred within the county.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 23, 2021, in Department 6 of the Tulare County Superior Court, where Martinez faces 49 years, four months-to-life in state prison. Martinez will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chelsea Wayt of the crimes against children division and investigated by Corporal Cynthia Vasquez of the Tulare Police Department.