Visalia man receives life sentence for child molestation

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Elijah Harris, 28, sentenced to life in prison following a no contest plea in Tulare County Superior Court

VISALIA — A Visalia man was sentenced to life in prison for the molestation of a young child, according to the Tulare County Superior Court.

Elijah Harris, 28, entered a no contest plea to charges involving a child under ten years old, with the court ruling on his case in Department 4 of the Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia Division on Thursday, May 9.

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Harris faced serious charges, including one count of oral copulation and one count of sexual penetration involving a child ten years of age or younger. These incidents occurred between July and September 2020 and involved a single female victim who was 5 years old at the time of the assaults.

Both charges are classified as felonies and strike offenses under California law, additionally mandating Harris to register as a sex offender for life. The state’s sentencing guidelines require him to serve at least 30 years before eligibility for parole consideration.

The prosecution was led by Supervising Deputy District Attorney Kelly Habroun, with Detective Leon of the Visalia Police Department leading the investigation.

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