A Sacramento County jury convicted a 54-year-old man in a case involving a decade of child molestation.
Steven Ramos was found guilty Monday of 22 counts of child molestation, forcible rape and attempted forcible rape, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Ramos began molesting two girls in the mid-1990s when they were 5 and 6 years old. In 1997, the girls disclosed the abuse to El Dorado County law enforcement authorities and charges were filed against Ramos. But due to outside pressure, both victims recanted nearly a year later and the charges were dropped, officials said.
Ramos began abusing both girls again and continued to do so until they were 16. In 2012, when the victims were in their early 20s, they reported to law enforcement authorities the years of continued sexual abuse. Their motivation to report was to prevent Ramos from sexually assaulting additional victims, prosecutors said.
Ramos will be sentenced Nov. 18 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet.