Jury Convicts Venturan On Child Molest Charges

Wednesday September 12, 2018

     A jury spent about a day in deliberations before finding a Ventura man guilty of child molestation.

   58-year-old Jose Morales, also known as "Don Pepe", was convicted on one felony count of unlawful sex with a child under 10.

   The six-year-old male victim lived in the same west Ventura neighborhood.

   The crime happened in December of 2014.

   According to what police determined, the boy was playing outside his house when Morales picked him up and took him to another residence where the assault occurred.

    The boy's family knew Morales and they called police when the boy told them what happened.

    Police conducted an investigation that required extensive lab tests and once the results were known and they backed up what the boy told them, Morales was arrested in August of 2015.

    Morales is being held without bail and is due back in court on October 11th for sentencing.

    He is facing 15-years-to-life in prison.