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Offender Receives Life Sentence for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child

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.

District 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.”

The multiple 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.

Although the 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.


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