Jury convicts Visalia man of 14 counts of child molestation

Pedro Salinas, 47, of Visalia faces 132-year prison sentence for crimes with two victims who were 7 and 9 years old

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VISALIA – It would be inhuman for Pedro Salinas to live to the age of 182, but it wouldn’t be the first time that word was used to describe the pedophile.

On June 12, a Tulare County jury convicted Pedro Salinas of Visalia of 14 counts of child molestation. The jury found Salinas guilty of one count of forcible lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, seven counts of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, one count of attempted lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child, two counts of forcible sodomy on a child 14 years or older and two counts of forcible sexual penetration on a child 14 years or older.

The jury also found true the special allegation of substantial sexual conduct and that some of the crimes were committed against multiple victims. Each count is a felony and 13 of the counts are strike offenses.

Twelve of the crimes occurred between October 5, 2008, and July 20, 2017, against a female victim, who was between 7 and 15 years old at the time of the sexual assaults. The other two crimes occurred between Jan. 5, 2009, and Jan. 4, 2017 against a separate female victim who was between the ages of 9 and 10 years old at the time of the sexual assaults. Thirteen of the crimes occurred in Visalia and one of the crimes occurred in Fresno County.

Judge Gary Paden will sentence Salinas on July 15, 2019 in the Visalia Division of Tulare County Superior Court. The 47-year-old Salinas faces 132 years-to-life years to life in state prison. Salinas 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 was investigated by Detective Bryan Somavia of the Visalia Police Department.

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