MARTINEZ -- An Oakley man who sexually abused the daughter of his live-in girlfriend for years was sentenced to 39 years to life in prison Friday as part of a plea agreement with Contra Costa prosecutors. Before he was remanded into custody, he heard from his victim.
The teenage girl wrote a letter that a victims' advocate read aloud as Timothy Woodbeck, sporting a bushy salt-and-pepper beard, listened from inside a courtroom prisoners enclosure. The letter brought tears to the eyes of the woman who read it.
"I was molested, abused, threatened," the letter read. "No girl, no matter how old, deserves this much pain. Every day of those awful years, I cried."
Woodbeck, who was charged with 76 counts, pleaded to four -- forcible oral copulation of a minor under 14, forcible digital penetration of a minor under 14, forcible lewd act on a minor, and production of child pornography. He was sentenced to a total of nine years for the latter two counts, to be served before the consecutive 15 years to life sentences imposed for the former two counts.
Investigators believe the abuse began in 2008. Only after the girl confided to a therapist did it come to light. Woodbeck, 54, was arrested March 5, 2013.
The girl, according to her father, has hurt herself and had suicidal thoughts. Her grades fell "from honor roll to failing," he told the court in a halting voice.
"She had to go on medication for depression," he said. "It's something she struggles with every day because she wants to be a normal teenager. After very hard work with her counselor, my daughter has started the healing process and has managed to get her grades up."
The victim's mother struggled to keep her composure as she addressed Woodbeck.
"Had I known what an evil person you were, I would never have allowed you into my family's life. I have so much guilt and shame that I didn't know, and couldn't see through you. I hate you so much," she said.
"I'm soon to be a (high school) graduate," the victim wrote. "I thought I was never going to get through that black pit. I hope this monster stays in prison forever. He deserves as much pain as he gave."
After the sentencing, electronic evidence of the abuse was turned over to prosecutor Ryan Wagner so it could be destroyed.
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