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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has Del Paso Heights restaurant owner been sentenced for molesting girls?

Q: Daniel Caldwell was to be sentenced a few months ago. What was the sentence and where is he serving it?

A Faithful Reader, Sacramento

A: Daniel E. Caldwell, 54, pleaded no contest in September to five counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child and one count of aggravated sexual assault on a child.

He was sentenced Nov. 13 to 25 years to life in prison, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records. He currently is at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.

The Sacramento Bee reported that Caldwell was arrested in February 2009 on suspicion of inappropriate sexual behavior with at least eight different young girls.

Police said at the time of his arrest that Caldwell was accused of sexually assaulting or inappropriately touching the girls, ages 7 through 17, while camping, as they slept over at his house or while employed at his business, Big D’s BBQ, on Grand Avenue in Sacramento’s Del Paso Heights area.

Authorities said the incidents occurred between 2000 and 2009. The victims were girls who trusted Caldwell, and included employees, family members and acquaintances.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy