Modesto child rapist denied parole

June 13, 2013 

— Authorities have denied parole for a Modesto man who abducted a 12-year-old girl in 1996 and raped her in a remote orchard, according to the Stanislaus County district attorney's office.

Jerry Dale Ballard was convicted in 1999 of the girl's rape and the molestation of two other girls in separate incidents. He was sentenced to serve 18 years to life in Avenal State Prison.

In the May 15 parole hearing, Deputy District Attorney Brad Nix argued that Ballard is still a danger to the public, has a lack of understanding of his severe pedophilia and drug use and has failed to get treatment for pedophilia.

Ballard will have another chance at parole in five years.

The abduction occurred Feb. 16, 1996, as the girl was walking home from a neighborhood market in Modesto. Authorities have said Ballard held the girl at knifepoint, forced her into his Volkswagen and drove her to the orchard, where he raped her.

Within a half-hour of her abduction, the girl was driven back to her neighborhood, where he released her.

While investigating that crime, a Stanislaus County sheriff's detective learned of two additional 12-year-old girls whom Ballard had molested. One of those victims gave birth to Ballard's child, according to prosecutors.

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