Santa Rosa, CA – October 9, 2020 – Defendant Lonnie William Victory, 56 years old of Windsor, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste to serve 50 years-to-life in prison after pleading no-contest in August to eight felony sex offenses.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This was an individual that wasted little time after being released from prison before once again committing a series of heinous sex assaults on young girls. I hope these victims understand that their courage coming forward will keep this person behind bars for what should be the rest of his life.”
The investigation into Victory began in 2017 following the discovery of a hidden camera he had placed in a bathroom. Following the discovery of the camera, law enforcement secured a warrant and searched Victory’s electronic devices, uncovering homemade videos that depicted him sexually assaulting a child. It was later determined that Victory had recurring and frequent access to the child. During the investigation a second child came forward and disclosed the defendant had molested her as well. Victory was charged with, and convicted of, crimes committed against each of the children as well as with possession of child pornography.
In 1996, Victory was sentenced in a prior case to 28 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting 5 separate women in Sonoma County. When Victory molested the children in this case, he was on parole for his prior sex offenses.
Both victims addressed the court through written statements at the time of sentencing. One victim told the court that Victory carelessly took advantage of her innocence, and as a result she will have to struggle with mental trauma for the rest of her life. The other victim stated that, “He should not ever get out of jail, not ever. He would just do the same thing. He should not be allowed to hurt anyone else.”
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Andrew Lukas and Matt Hobson with the assistance of District Attorney Investigator Ken Pistorio and Victim Advocate Rocio Torres-Murphy. District Attorney Investigators Rich Celli and Dave Kahl, as well as Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department Detective Fred Schmidt, headed the investigation.