Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Minor Sentenced to State Prison and $625K Restitution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

Non-Economic Restitution is the First of its Kind in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced that Ricardo Asturias, (age 68), was sentenced by Judge Giorgi to 16 years and 8 months in state prison for sexually abusing a young child and possession of child pornography. In addition, Judge Giorgi ordered the defendant to pay $625,000 in restitution for non-economic damages, marking the first time in San Francisco where non-economic damages were awarded since the 1996 penal code change to allow restitution awards in felony child molestation cases.

“While this unprecedented sentence does not take away the years of abuse the victim endured, we hope it sends a powerful message that San Francisco will punish those who abuse vulnerable children.” said District Attorney George Gascón.

According to court testimony, from January 1, 2008 thru October 8, 2010, the defendant, who was a relative of the family, 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 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.

On October 23, a jury 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 was sentenced on December 14 to 16 years and 8 months in state prison, $625,000 in non-economic restitution, and is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Non-economic damages are defined as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and injury to reputation and humiliation.

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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