A 36-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday and was immediately sentenced to 32 years in prison for molesting three girls in Santa Ana.

Erick Padilla Garcia pleaded guilty to three counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child and two counts of lewd acts on a child 14 or 15, all felonies.

The sexual assaults occurred from January 2011 through June 2017, according to court records.

Garcia was a “family friend” of the girls in Santa Ana, according to Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Garcia sexually assaulted one of the girls when she was 6, another when she was 8 and another when she was 9, Bertagna said.

The victims came forward on Feb. 4, Bertagna said.

Police arrested Garcia in the San Francisco area, where he was living, Bertagna said.

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