Accused child molester agrees to stand trial

A Daly City man accused of housing a girl in the basement of his parents’ home and reportedly molesting her on hundreds of occasions will head straight to trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

John France Gonzales, a 23-year-old former pharmacy technician, is charged with 142 felonies, including 68 counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child and 39 counts of lewd acts on a child who is 14 or 15. He is also charged with forcible penetration and domestic violence.

Gonzales met the girl in 2000, when she was 10 years old and living in San Bruno with her aunt, whom Gonzales was dating, according to former defense attorney Jeffery Neubarth.

Prosecutors say that Gonzales molested the girl for the first time when she was 12 and maintained his relationship with the girl for several years while she lived in San Bruno, with her grandmother in Healdsburg and then for a year in Gonzales’ parents’ home.

Gonzales’ parents were unaware that the girl was living in their home, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, because they lived upstairs and never visited the bottom portion of the house.

Gonzales’ attorney, deputy public defender Paul Demeester, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

Gonzales, who remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail, has been in jail since his arrest in November 2006. The victim is currently living with her family, prosecutors said. Gonzales is scheduled to return to Superior Court on Jan. 17 for arraignment.

Michael Manekin
Published in: on November 14, 2007 at 10:06 am  Leave a Comment  

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