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Church volunteer gets life prison for molesting a dozen boys
March 07, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Gerardo Gontiz

A Redwood City church volunteer convicted of molesting a dozen boys he met either through his son’s school or volunteering must serve a 13-year sentence before he can begin the remaining term of 120 years to life in prison.

In November, a jury deliberated three days before convicting Gerardo Gontiz, 50, of 10 counts of committing a lewd act on a child, eight counts of felony child molestation, three counts of felony oral copulation with a minor, one count of felony sodomy on a minor, one felony count of using child pornography and two misdemeanor battery charges. The jury also found true that he had molested multiple victims which returned a 15-years-to-life sentence for eight of the counts.

Jurors deadlocked on two remaining child molestation charges.

The prosecution told jurors that between August 2009 and May 2011, Gontiz abused boys between the ages of 13 and 17 that he met while volunteering at Everest Public High School, church and volunteering as a supervising parent on boys’ trips to a Modesto ranch. His crimes included fondling, oral copulation, masturbation and grabbing of the boys’ genitals.

In addition to his prison time, Gontiz must also register as a sex offender. He has credit for time served of 1,481 days earned while in custody after his arrest, first on $375,000 bail and then no-bail after his conviction.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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