Tulare predator sentenced to life in prison

(Rigo Moran)

Tulare County Superior Court sentences habitual sex offender to life behind bars for multiple counts of child molestation

VISALIA – Rosario Venezuela of Tulare was recently sentenced to life in prison after committing multiple sex crimes against girls who were both under 14 years old at the time of the offenses.

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(Tulare County District Attorney's Office)

On May 1, in the Visalia Division of the Tulare County Superior Court, the court sentenced Rosario Valenzuela, 62, to life in state prison for charges of child molestation. Valenzuela pleaded no contest to two counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14 on March 13.

One of the crimes occurred between Dec. 24, 2013, and Dec. 23, 2014, against a female victim, who was 13-years-old at the time of the sexual assaults. An additional crime occurred between Dec. 1, 2014, and Sept. 7, 2016, against a separate female victim who was between the ages of 11 and 13 years old at the time of the sexual assaults.

Valenzuela admitted the special allegation that he was a habitual sexual offender due to a similar conviction from 1998. Valenzuela also admitted the special allegation that his crimes involved substantial sexual conduct. Each count is a felony and are considered strike offenses. 

Each of the sexual assault crimes occurred in the city of Tulare. Additionally, Valenzuela will be required to continue to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. Under current California sentencing laws, Valenzuela must serve 25 years before being considered for parole.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Chelsea Wayt and investigated by the Tulare Police Department. 

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