MARTINEZ -- A San Pablo man is expected to be sentenced to 150 years to life in prison for sex crimes against two grade school-aged female relatives.
After a six-week trial, a Contra Costa County jury on Monday found Jose Enrique Hernandez, 35, guilty of one felony count of attempted sexual intercourse with a minor under age 10, and 10 felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under age 14. The jury found true 11 charge enhancements for substantial sexual contact, and one enhancement alleging multiple victims.
Hernandez was living in Hercules when he sexually abused one of the victims in 2005 through 2007, beginning when the girl was 7 years old, said deputy district attorney Chad Mahalich. The second victim was also 7 when Hernandez sexually abused her sometime between November 2010 and February 2011 in San Pablo.
Hernandez confessed his crimes to police after his April 2011 arrest, but he testified at his trial that the girls lied and he was pressured into making a false confession, Mahalich said.
Hernandez is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 19.
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