Santa Rosa, CA – June 29, 2017 – Jose Alberto
Corado-Merlos, 34 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable
Elliot Daum to 17 years, 4 months, plus 15 years to life in prison for aggravated
sexual assault of a child. A Sonoma County jury on May 2, 2017 convicted
Corado-Merlos of fifteen felony offenses stemming from multiple child
molestation incidents which occurred in Santa Rosa in 2016.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “The jury’s verdict underscored the truth of the
charges that this man preyed upon an 11 year old child from a position of
trust. This sentence, while lengthy, will not erase this victim’s
childhood trauma. The defendant deserved every day the law allows to keep
him off the streets.”
aggravated sexual assault and molestation offenses occurred last summer, and
were committed against a young relative who Corado-Merlos had regular access
to. Also, Corado-Merlos was on probation for a felony domestic violence
offense at the time. Corado-Merlos was facing a sentence of up to
forty-nine years plus an additional thirty years to life in prison.
Accounting for the horrific nature of the offenses against a child, and
Corado-Merlos’s complete lack of remorse for the crimes he committed, the
District Attorney’s Office argued for the Court to impose the maximum term.
sentence suggests Corado-Merlos will not be eligible for parole consideration
for at least 32 years, 4 months, because California voters passed Proposition
57 last November, current CDCR guidelines indicate Corado-Merlos could now
receive parole consideration after serving only 80% of that sentence.
This case was prosecuted by Deputy District
Attorney Andrew Lukas. Detective Matt Regan from the Sonoma County Sherriff’s
Department headed the investigation.