A Victorville man is facing 366 years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a little girl for years beginning when she was only 6, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Luis Gilbert Sanchez, 32, was found guilty by a San Bernardino County jury Monday on 29 charges that date back to 2009, the DA’s office stated in a news release.
Sanchez was convicted of 20 counts of oral copulation with a child 10 years of age or younger, one count of sodomy of a child 10 or under, one count of sex with a child 10 or under, five counts of lewd act on a minor, one count of possession of matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct and one count of exhibiting harmful matter to a minor, the news release stated.
The sexual abuse of the young girl lasted for two years, according to Lead Deputy District Attorney Kathy DiDonato, who prosecuted the case.
Sanchez was meticulous in orchestrating the abuse to occur only when the child’s mother was away, DiDonato said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
The abuse was only uncovered when the mother returned home early one day and caught Sanchez, DiDonato said in the interview.
Sanchez documented the abuse with photographs and video, DiDonato told the newspaper, adding that Sanchez told investigators he liked “messy sex.”
“I’ve done a lot of terrible cases. This was one of the worst cases I’ve prosecuted,” DiDonato told the Times. “You can’t articulate [what] was seen in this case. It’s the most bizarre sexual conduct I’ve ever seen.”
Sanchez’s relationship with the victim was not being disclosed by prosecutors in an effort to protect the child’s identity.
He faces 366 years and 8 months to life in state prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 22, according to the DA’s office.
Correction: The name of the prosecutor was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. It has since been corrected.