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Man sentenced for molesting girl daily for years

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VISTA, Calif. — A North County man who molested a female relative over several years in Vista was sentenced today to 30 years in state prison.

prison sentenceAbel Hernandez, 56, was convicted last month of a dozen counts of committing a lewd act on a child, plus an allegation of substantial sexual contact. Vista Superior Court Judge Robert Kearney sentenced Hernandez to the maximum term under the law.

The girl — now a teenager — testified that Hernandez molested her “almost every day” from the time she was in kindergarten until third grade, between the ages of 6 and 11, then sporadically until she was in the fifth grade.

The girl’s mother reported the abuse after the girl told her about it.

Hernandez was arrested in February 2012.

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