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Man with two prior ‘strikes’ convicted of sexually assaulting child

A man accused of sexually assaulting a child over a two-year period has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury.

Maurice Higgs, 32, was found guilty Thursday of three counts of child sexual assault on a victim age 10 or younger, two counts of child sexual assault by force and one count of child sexual assault on a child younger than 14, according to a District Attorney’s office news release.

Higgs was accused of sexually assaulted a girl multiple times between February 2012 and February 2014, when she was 5 to 7 years old. On at least one occasion, he threatened her with physical harm if she told anyone. Higgs eventually admitted to law enforcement officers that he committed the assaults, the news release said.

Higgs has two prior 2003 strike convictions under California’s “three strikes” law for robbery and making criminal threats, prosecutors said. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 9 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy