Jorge Miguel Gallegos was convicted today of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old female relative on Christmas Eve 2009 while family members slept in other rooms.
The 38-year-old Santa Anan faces a minimum of 55 years to life or maximum of 66 years to life in state prison at his May 11 sentencing.
Around 11 p.m. on Dec. 24, 2009, Gallegos took the girl into his home's kitchen, where he sodomized and/or raped and orally copulated her, according to an Orange County District Attorney's office statement that notes the man's wife walked in on the molestation.
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Gallegos then ripped the telephone from the wall and threatened his wife not to tell anyone about what happened. He then fled the home and stayed with a friend, while his wife called the Santa Ana Police Department. Gallegos was arrested in the early morning hours of Christmas Day.
A subsequent police investigation revealed that between September and December 2009, Gallegos sexually assaulted the 8-year-old in the same manner.
He was found guilty by a jury today of one felony count of sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child, two felony counts of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child, and one felony count each of digital penetration of a child under 10, lewd acts on a child under 14, and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.