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Sacramento County jury convicts man accused of directing child sexual assault from prison

08/15/2014 6:51 PM

08/15/2014 6:53 PM

A man accused of orchestrating the sexual assault of a child to obtain pornographic photos while he was in prison has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury.

Curtis Holford, 49, was found guilty Friday of two counts of sexual assault against a child younger than 10 years old, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.

Holford was in Avenal State Prison serving a sentence for possession of child pornography, when he obtained a cell phone and began corresponding with the mother of the 4-year-old victim. Authorities said Holford persuaded the mother to perform sexual acts with her son and send the photographs to Holford.

The mother disclosed some information to the child’s counselor, which led to an immediate investigation by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. While Holford was corresponding with the mother, authorities at the prison were contacted by the Sheriff’s Department and a corrections sergeant found Holford in possession of the cell phone.

The mother of the child is serving time after pleading no contest to conspiracy to molest her children. She will be sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to the Distirct Attorney’s Office, which did not release the woman’s name, citing the need to protect the privacy of the child victim.

Holford is to be sentenced Sept. 26 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette.

Sacto 911 Staff

Bill Lindelof

Cathy Locke

Andy Furillo
Superior Court

Denny Walsh
Federal Court

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