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Man found guilty of child molestation

Jesse Cruz

A Kern County jury found Jesse Cruz, 39, guilty Wednesday of 10 counts of child molestation and one count of possessing child pornography, according to the Kern County District Attorneys Office in a news release.

A Kern County jury found a man guilty Wednesday of 10 counts of child molestation and one count of possessing child pornography, according to a Kern County District Attorney's Office news release.

Jesse Cruz, 39, sexually molested a 9-year-old girl in south Bakersfield from January 2018 until February 2021. The mother of the victim found a phone with many photos and videos depicting Cruz’s molestation, the news release said.

Cruz is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 15. He faces up to 134 years to life in prison, the DA’s office said.