53-YEAR-OLD SALINAS MAN SENTENCED TO 46 YEARS IN PRISON FOR COMMITTING CHILD MOLESTATION
Contact: Lana Nassoura, Deputy District Attorney (831) 755-5255
Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni announced today that on February 13, Monterey County Superior Court Judge Carrie M. Panetta sentenced Regino Maciel, age 53, a resident of Salinas, to 46 years in prison for committing child molestation.
In April 2018, Jane Doe, age 29, reported that Maciel sexually abused her continuously from when she was around 4 or 5 years old until she was 14 years old. Maciel told Jane Doe not to tell anyone about the molestation on two different occasions. When Jane Doe was 14 years old, a family member walked in a room and saw Maciel exposing his penis to Doe. The family member and Doe’s mother both asked Doe if Maciel was molesting her, but Doe denied any sexual abuse. Nonetheless, Jane Doe’s mother immediately kicked Maciel out of the house.
At trial, Jane Doe bravely testified about repeated instances of molestation occurring throughout her childhood. An expert in the psychological effects of child sexual abuse also testified that delayed disclosures of molestation are incredibly common due to numerous factors including the power imbalance between the perpetrator and victim, threats to not say anything, fear, and even affection for a perpetrator if he/she is a close family member, friend, or authority figure.
On October 9, 2019, a jury found Maciel guilty by a jury of 26 counts of child molestation. 25 counts are violent felonies and are considered “strikes” under California’s Three Strikes law. In addition to the prison sentence, Maciel will be required to register as a sex offender for life. A restraining order was granted prohibiting Maciel from contacting Doe for a period of ten years, the maximum term under the law.
The case was investigated by District Attorney Investigator Terri Edwards as well as Detective Gabriel Gonzalez and other officers from the Salinas Police Department.