MARTINEZ -- A Contra Costa jury has convicted a Tuolumne man on 26 felony counts related to the molestation of his stepdaughter over a 13-month period in the early 1990s when the family lived in Rodeo.

Samuel Ramirez, 60, who worked for the California Department of Corrections at San Quentin Prison during the time of the abuse, was convicted of 26 counts of forcible lewd acts on a child under 14, prosecutor Alison Chandler said. Ramirez faces 78 to 208 years in prison.

Chandler said the abuse started after Ramirez got his job at San Quentin and his family moved to Marin County. The family subsequently moved to Rodeo, where they lived from 1993-94 and where the charged offenses occurred. The molestations continued in residences in Vallejo and on the San Quentin grounds after the family moved from Rodeo, the prosecutor said.

The family eventually moved to Tuolumne, where Ramirez and the victim's mother divorced. The victim then moved out on her own. She was inspired to come forward, Chandler said, because her daughter was approaching the age during which she had been molested.

Contact Gary Peterson at 925-952-5053. Follow him at Twitter.com/garyscribe.



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