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Molester gets 8 years

A repeat child molester whose latest case spurred unease amongst his Grass Valley neighbors was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison.

John J. Delgado’s sentence includes four years for annoying or molesting a child, and the sentence was doubled because the Grass Valley man has a strike under the state’s three-strikes law, Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Chuck O’Rourke said.



Judge Ersel Edwards imposed the sentence, which was agreed upon by O’Rourke and the Public Defender’s Office.




Arrested in September, Delgado, 35, was convicted of annoying or molesting a child by masturbating in front of a boy last year in Grass Valley.

Parents who lived nearby became worried after learning Delgado was a registered sex offender who had moved to Forest Glade Circle, near Lyman Gilmore School, Scotten School and a day-care facility without notifying authorities.

Many flocked to the Sheriff’s Office to check the sex offender registry, called the Megan’s Law computer, to learn what Delgado looked like and see if other offenders lived nearby.

Delgado’s criminal record includes a felony molestation conviction in 1982 when he was a juvenile, according to a Probation Department presentence report. He was sentenced to eight years in California Youth Authority.

In 1991, he was convicted of the same crime and sentenced to six years in prison, according to the presentence report, which said Delgado claims a history of mental illness and substance abuse.


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