Man Convicted of Continous Sexual Abuse of a Minor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167

ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Ricardo Asturias, (age 68), was found guilty of one felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a minor, and another felony count of possessing child pornography.

“Thanks to the bravery of this young girl, this lifelong predator will be going to state prison for a very long time.” said District Attorney George Gascón.”While this conviction will never take away the harm inflicted on this vulnerable child, it does send a powerful message that San Francisco will not tolerate the abuse of our children.”

According to court testimony, from January 1, 2008 thru October 8, 2010, the defendant sexually abused the victim repeatedly. At the time the sexual abuse began, the victim was four years old. On October 2, 2010, the victim informed her mother of the defendant’s repeated sexual abuse. The defendant was a relative of the victim’s family and would provide child care for the victim on occasion. The victim’s mother reported the incidents to the authorities. Through a search warrant, on October 19, 2010, the SFPD obtained the defendant’s computers. The defendant’s computers contained 934 images of child pornography on the internet cache. During the trial, the victim testified against the defendant. Additionally, two of the defendant’s biological children were flown in to testify and recalled the sexual abuse inflicted by the defendant over 30 years ago.

The jury deliberated for just 45 minutes and found the defendant guilty of one felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a minor, and another felony count of possessing child pornography. The defendant is facing 16 years and 8 months in state prison. He is also facing a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender. His sentencing is scheduled in December of this year. The Honorable Loretta Giorgi presided over the trial.

This conviction is the result of the investigation by San Francisco Police Department Inspectors Alexis Goldner and David Kamita. Christine Ticas was the victim advocate. Assistant District Attorney Leslie Cogan prosecuted the case.

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