MODESTO — Dallas Randolph White sat quietly Monday morning in a Stanislaus County courtroom as a judge sentenced him to 103 years to life in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl.
On March 19, a jury found White guilty of committing multiple counts of child molestation. The charges included sexual intercourse, oral copulation, sexual penetration with a foreign object, and lewd and lascivious acts with a child.
Superior Court Judge Linda McFadden justified the sentence by saying White committed serious criminal conduct on a "very vulnerable victim." The child is a relative of the defendant.
Deputy District Attorney Beth O'Hara Owen was seeking a sentence of 111 years to life in prison, but she was satisfied with the judge's ruling.
"This was a 6-year-old child who was sexually molested in the safety of her own home," Owen said in the courthouse hallway after Monday's hearing.
White remained silent for most of the hearing, but he appeared to slightly chuckle when the judge ordered him to stay away from the victim. The prosecutor said the judge essentially sentenced the 58-year-old defendant from Patterson to spend the rest of his life in prison.
The judge lengthened White's sentence because he had prior criminal convictions. The prosecutor said none of those convictions was a sexual offense.
In a victim impact statement read in court last month, the child's mother wrote that this conviction never will return the innocence and youth stolen from her daughter, but that her child won by coming forward and stopping his abuse.
Owen said the child testified in the trial and detailed the abuse, never giving the jury any doubt that her statements weren't true.
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