Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Molesting 9-Year-Old Child

News from the Office of District Attorney George Gascón


May 9, 2018
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SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Willie Rodriguez, age 72, of San Francisco, was sentenced to 8 years in state prison for molesting a 9-year-old child who he described as his granddaughter. A jury found Defendant Rodriguez guilty of committing lewd acts on a minor and child molestation. 

"The actions of this individual violate our basic notions of family and trust," said District Attorney George Gascón. "Children are meant to be protected by their loved ones, not violated by those entrusted with their well-being."


According to court records, on May 22, 2014, the victim, a young girl, and her mother called the San Francisco Police Department to report the details of ongoing and repeated abuse the young girl suffered by Rodriguez over the span of several years. Rodriguez repeatedly molested the young victim during her 3rd and 4th grade years of school


On one occasion, after school, Rodriguez brought the young girl into the bathroom of her home where the two were alone. Rodriguez unzipped his pants and removed his penis and began pleasuring himself in front of her with one hand. With his other hand, he touched her breast in an attempt to further arouse himself. 


On a separate occasion, Rodriguez entered the young girl's room where she was sitting on her bed watching TV. He asked her if she wanted to see something. When she turned her attention to him, Rodriguez unzipped his pants and exposed his penis to her despite her attempts to turn away. 


Rodriguez shared no biological relationship with the young girl. He was a close friend of her mother. During the period of his repeated abuse, he spent many nights at her home under the pretense of being there to support her and her family. 

I am in awe of the courage and resolve that the young girl in this case showed by describing the details of what happened to her,” said Assistant District Attorney Adam Maldonado. “She deserves all the credit for the outcome in this case.”

The Honorable Samuel Feng presided. This successful prosecution is the result of an excellent investigation conducted by San Francisco Police Department Lieutenant Nicole Jones. Special thanks go to District Attorney Inspector Lisette Souza, Victim Advocate Mirelle Raza, and Paralegal Nina Stellini. Assistant District Attorney Adam Maldonado prosecuted the case.