One Year Ago Today (December 8, 2021)…A 28-year-old man who repeatedly molested a Lake Elsinore girl was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

Geovanni Arturo Mendoza admitted last month to committing at least four lewd acts on a child under 14 years old and distributing pornography to a minor.

The plea was made directly to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Freer at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, without input from the District Attorney’s Office. No charges were dismissed.

Freer imposed the sentence that the court had stipulated on Nov. 2 and also ordered lifetime sex offender registration for Mendoza.

The defendant was arrested in November 2020 following a month-long sheriff’s investigation.

In early October 2020, the girl, whose identity was not disclosed, and her family told detectives that the defendant had sexually abused her on numerous occasions going back to January 2012, according to Sgt. Julio Olguin of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The offenses were mostly perpetrated at a residence in the 18000 block of Tereticornis Avenue, near 11th Street, he said.

Detectives uncovered sufficient evidence to warrant charges against the defendant, who was taken into custody without incident in Lake Elsinore.

Details regarding the acts and Mendoza’s connection to the victim were not released.

The defendant had no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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