Child molester faces 50-plus years in prison after jury finds him guilty of continuous sexual abuse | #childabuse | #children | #kids

FAIRFIELD — A second Solano County man, in as many days, has been found guilty of the continuous sexual abuse of a child.

A Solano County Superior Court jury on Wednesday found Anthony Mason, 43, guilty of two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a minor under 14 years of age. The jury also found true that enhancement that he committed substantial sexual conduct against two children, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office reported.

The abuse took place from March 6 to Dec. 31, 2014.

“During this time period, the children were placed in (Mason’s) trust and care,” the District Attorney’s Office reported.

“The victims were afraid to disclose initially because the defendant was an amateur boxer and had physically disciplined them and made threats. Eventually, the children disclosed the abuse to each other. The older child came forward to a teacher on Jan. 9, 2017, the first day back from winter break. Both victims courageously testified at the jury trial and the jury found the defendant guilty of both counts.”

Judge William Pendergast is scheduled to sentence Mason on July 22. He faces 50 years to life in state prison.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Barry Shapiro. Victim Witness Advocate Shamar Lewis provided victim advocacy and support.

The conviction follows the jury conviction of Enrique Mejia-Picazo on Tuesday of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, He faces 42 years to life in prison when he returns to court June 17.

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