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Salinas sex offender sent to prison for violating probation

SALINAS, Calif. - A Salinas woman and convicted sex offender, who initially avoided time in prison, has been sentenced to nearly 6 years behind bars for violating her probation earlier this year, according to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

On Tuesday, Annette Banda, 53, was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison for having two iPhones and an iPad that were password protected, a violation of her probation terms.

In 2014, Banda pled guilty to four counts of lewd acts on a 14-year-old boy and one count of unlawful sex with a minor, over a four year period.

The DA's Office said forensic evidence was presented in court including text messages, emails and nude photos Banda sent to the victim.

At the time she was sentenced, Banda was ordered to serve a year jail, followed by five years of felony probation, sexual offender counseling, no contact with the victim, life-time registration as a sex offender and was prohibited of using or having password encrypted electronic devices. 

During a probation compliance check at Banda's home in December 2016, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office found three password protected devices. A hearing on her probation violation was held on April 20, where Banda testified, along with two other family members.

The DA's Office said the court found Banda was not truthful during her testimony and Judge Carrie Panetta ordered her original prison term be re-instated, for failing to take responsibility for her actions.

 


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