An Indio man was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in state prison for repeatedly sexually assaulting a relative over a period of several years.
The girl testified during the trial that Gregory Galvan Medina, 50, abused her when she was between 7 and 13 years old.
As the second day of prosecution testimony in his trial was getting underway last month, Medina pleaded guilty to two counts of aggregated sexual assault of a child and one count of committing lewd acts on a child under 14 years old.
Another victim came forward during the trial to report she had been sexually abused by the defendant as an underage girl between November 2015 and November 2016, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors said she was known to the defendant, but did not elaborate.
A half-dozen other felony charges were dismissed at sentencing as part of the plea deal with prosecutors.
The initial victim told authorities Medina began touching her at the age of 7, and by age 11, he began having regular sex with her. The abuse came to light when the girl confided in a male friend on Snapchat in September 2018.
The now-15-year-old was the second witness called by the prosecution during the brief trial. She testified that she sent her friend photos of a hickey that she said the defendant gave her, and then begged her friend not to tell anyone.
“He told me he was going to call the police, but I told him not to because I was scared,” the girl testified. “I didn’t want to tear my family apart.”
The boy then told his mother, who called authorities. Indio police showed up at the victim’s house soon after, and she admitted to the abuse, according to the prosecution. The defendant was arrested a few days later.
When confronted by police, Medina admitted to abusing the girl, saying he was “sick in the head” for what he did, according to court papers. “Tell her I’m sorry,” Medina told an investigator.
Medina has felony convictions that include battery on a peace officer, child abuse and embezzlement.