Santa Cruz County

Watsonville man sentenced to 86 years in prison for child molestation

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A 34-year-old Watsonville man was sentenced Wednesday to 86 years in prison for child molestation.

A Santa Cruz County jury in January convicted Vicente Ruiz Garcia of 16 felony counts of child molestation.

Prosecutors said the incidents occurred over a period of years, when the child was aged 5 to 11.

Garcia will be eligible for parole in 72 years.

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