A North County man who molested a young female relative over the course of several years was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in state prison, the maximum penalty.

Abel Hernandez, 56, was convicted last month of a dozen counts of committing a lewd act on a child, plus an allegation of substantial sexual contact. Vista Superior Court Judge Robert Kearney sentenced Hernandez.

San Diego Superior Court, Vista. Photo credit: court-house.org.

The girl, now a teenager, testified that Hernandez molested her “almost every day” from the time she was in kindergarten until third grade, between the ages of 6 and 11, then sporadically until she was in the fifth grade.

The girl’s mother reported the abuse after the girl told her about it.

Hernandez was arrested in February 2012.

– City News Service

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