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Molesting uncle from San Mateo gets 60 years to life
March 30, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Miguel Reta

A 35-year-old San Mateo man convicted of 28 counts of sexual abuse against his four nieces over several years was sentenced Friday to 60 years to life in prison and lifelong registration as a sex offender.

Miguel Angel Reta was handed four separate terms of 15 years to life which run consecutive and will keep him ineligible for parole for approximately 57 years. He has credit of just under three years earned while in custody without bail.

Reta's defense sought a 30-year sentence while prosecutors asked for 75 years. Reta did not address the court at Friday's sentencing but told a probation officer compiling a sentencing report that he was not guilty and accused the victims of lying, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The sentence is "an excellent outcome by the judge and exactly what ought to happen to someone who does this to multiple victims," Wagstaffe said.

Reta was accused of molesting two sets of sisters, all his nieces, between 2003 and 2010. The girls were between 7 and 13 years old during the seven-year span and the molestation didn't come to light until one girl told her parents of Reta's conduct.

Prosecutors say Reta repeatedly molested the girls and also discussed sex and showed them photos of naked women on his cellphone.

A jury deliberated two days in January before convicting him of 28 crimes, acquitting him on one count and deadlocking on the remainder of the 65 counts.


(650) 344-5200 ext. 102.



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