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Man who molested several children while running home daycare found guilty

Posted at 12:44 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 15:49:34-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A man who officials said molested eight kids as young as three-years-old while running a home daycare with his wife has been found guilty by a Kern County jury.

According to court documents, from 2006 to 2016 Armando Villanueva molested eight children ranging from ages three to 12 years old at a home daycare operated by him and his wife.

The jury convicted Villanueva of eight felony counts of lewd and lascivious act with a child under 14 years of age and two felony counts of oral copulation with a child under the age of 14 years.

Officials said he faces a potential life sentence and mandatory sex offender registration. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 9.

In a statement, District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer said:

“The abuse of children by those entrusted with their care will not be tolerated in our community. Abuse of any child is unacceptable, and this case included multiple child victims."