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Former after-school program employee sentenced for child molestation

Joshua Vasquez, the former leader of a Sacramento after-school program, has been sentenced to 150 years to life in prison for child molestation.

Vasquez, 31, pleaded guilty in September to six counts of committing lewd acts upon a child in a case involving six victims ranging in age from 7 to 13, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Trena Burger-Plavan.

Vasquez was employed by the Sacramento City Unified School District in an after-school program, where he developed friendships with the victims, authorities said.

While on the school grounds, he took the children into his classroom, locked the door and blindfolded them while he played various “games” with them. Vasquez recorded these acts of lewd and lascivious conduct with the children.

He was arrested by Sacramento police in November, after an investigation of an alleged sexual assault of a child at Mark Twain Elementary School, 4914 58th St., Sacramento.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy