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A Lompoc man found guilty of molesting his daughters and granddaughters was sentenced to 117 years in state prison Friday following emotional victim impact statements made by two of his now-adult children.

In January, after about one day of deliberating, a Santa Maria Superior Court jury found Jesus Buenrostro guilty of seven counts of aggravated sexual assault, oral copulation, rape and sodomy, along with three counts of lewd acts upon a child. 

The abuse reportedly began in 1999, then occurred again in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and twice more in 2016.

Buenrostro was arrested by the Lompoc Police last summer.

His daughters, who are now adults and identified as Jane Does No. 1, 2 and 3, were under the age of 10 when the alleged abuse occurred. Buenrostro also reportedly molested the 5-year-old daughters of Jane Doe No. 2 and 3.

Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Savrnoch, who led the prosecution team, told the jury in her opening statements that Buenrostro repeatedly molested his three daughters, despite the girls telling him, "No." 

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Doe No. 1 was 8 years old when Buenrostro came up behind her one night when she was lying on her stomach and forced penetration, which caused her to bleed, the prosecution said. The abuse continued until 2008. 

Buenrostro began abusing Doe No. 2 when she was 9, during which he'd force oral copulation, according to court testimony. He began abusing Doe No. 3 when she was about 6. 

The girls never told anyone nor did they know it was happening to each other, according to court testimony. 

Senior Deputy Public Defender Lori Pedego, who represented Buenrostro, countered the prosecution's case, citing ever-changing stories from the three girls, conflicting timelines and alleged lies told to police to manipulate Buenrostro's fate.

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210


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