Whittier Man Pleads No Contest to Continuously Sexually Molesting 5-Year-Old

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A 29-year-old Whittier man is expected to be sentenced to 24 years in state prison after pleading no contest to continuously sexually molesting a 5-year-old girl, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Jonathan Javier Ruvalcaba of Whittier is seen in a picture provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He pleaded no contest on Sept. 2, 2015, to continuously sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.

Jonathan Javier Ruvalcaba of Whittier is seen in a picture provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He pleaded no contest on Sept. 2, 2015, to continuously sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl.

Jonathan Javier Ruvalcaba pleaded no contest on Wednesday to continuous sexual abuse and forcible lewd acts upon a child, a Sheriff’s Department news release stated.

Ruvalcaba began sexually molesting the child in 2010 and continued for three years. It was unclear if the girl was 5 when the abuse started or ended.

DNA evidence played a “big role” in the investigation, the news release stated.

Ruvalcaba was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5 in Department M of the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Norwalk Branch.

He was expected to receive 24 years in state prison and have to register as a sex offender for life, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The case was investigated by the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.