Man convicted in child sex assault case

A Sacramento County jury has convicted a 29-year-old man of 12 charges involving the sexual assault of of a child younger than 10.

Jurors on Friday found Chandler Ashford-Deshazo guilty of six counts of committing a sex act with a child younger than 10 and six counts of committing a lewd act upon a child.

Ashford-Deshazo began sexually assaulting two female family members in 2016, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release. Both children were 7 at the time. Neither child told their parents or each other about the abuse.

On April 17, 2017, a family member caught Ashford-Deshazo during one of the sexual assaults, the news release said. He fled the house and was arrested later that night for public drunkenness. He was released on that charge the next day and fled to San Diego, where he was taken into custody two months later.

Shelly Orio a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, said Ashford-Dehsazo faced charges involving both youngsters but was convicted of charges pertaining to only one of the children.

Ashford-Deshazo is to be sentenced May 11 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Stephen Acquisto.