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    Oxnard Man Sentenced To 22 Years for Child Molestation

    Gregorio Santacruz (DOB 3/12/79), of Oxnard was sentenced to 22 years in state prison for molesting two young girls.  In January of 2016, a 14-year-old female disclosed to her middle school art teacher that Santacruz had molested her on multiple occasions between the ages of 9 and 12 years old.  After the victim’s disclosure, school officials notified the Oxnard Police Department, who began interviewing witnesses and searching for additional victims.  During their investigation, detectives identified a second victim who told detectives Santacruz repeatedly molested her in a similar manner between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.  Santacruz pled guilty in November of 2019, to three counts of lewd conduct with a child under 14 years old and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14. 

    On January 12, 2020, Ventura County Superior Court Judge David Hirsch ordered Santacruz to pay restitution to each victim in the amount of $25,000, in addition to sentencing him to state prison.  This case was prosecuted by the District Attorney’s Sexual Assault and Family Protection Unit.


    The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is the public prosecutor for the county’s 850,000 residents. The office employs approximately 280 employees including attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, and other professional support staff who strive to seek justice, ensure public safety, and protect the rights of crime victims.

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    Lisa Murray
    Lisa Murray
    2 years ago

    I am utterly disgusted that there are still people out there doing this to young children I am a survivor of being nested when I was younger as well by a neighbor and my dad’s cousin. The neighbor was dealt with and my dad’s cousin served only 10 years in Washington state jail but plead not guilty but was convicted as a child sex offender. I was also raped at 15 and these things haunt me everyday of my life but today I can say I’m a survivor and I wish there was a way I could help by starting a program for abused and molested or raped individuals I think it would be a good idea to start some sort of program where I dividuals of abuse can come and feel safe and be able to talk with out feeling scared or out of place or judged. It’s hard for me to speak on my situations but I would be more than willing to share my experiences with individuals so they can have a little perception and can get ways to fight off an attacker if the situation occured with them. Thank you for giving me the chance to write this. Sincerly,
    Lisa Murray

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