A registered sex offender convicted of sexually abusing a young girl and possessing child pornography was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years to life in state prison.

Ronald Melvin McKenzie, 68, of San Gabriel, was convicted Sept. 23 of five counts of committing a lewd act on a child and four counts each of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years old or younger and possession of child pornography after a prior conviction.

Jurors subsequently found that he was sane at the time of the crimes.

McKenzie has a 1990 child molestation conviction, according to the criminal complaint.

The girl was sexually abused in 2013 and then again from July 2017 to September 2017, Deputy District Attorney Presciliano Duran said.

Police said they found multiple images of child pornography when they searched electronic devices belonging to McKenzie, who was arrested after officers responded to a report of suspected child abuse received from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

“During the initial investigation, numerous images of a sexual nature depicting minors were found on the suspect’s computer and cellphone,” San Gabriel police Lt. Brian Kott said around the time of McKenzie’s arrest. “At least one minor depicted in the photos was confirmed as also being a victim of sexual abuse.”

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