A Sonoma County jury Monday convicted Kenneth Donald Hutchins, 65, of Sonoma, of four counts of sexual molestation involving his 9-year-old grandniece. The jury also found Hutchins guilty of possession of child pornography. He faces the possibility of more than 25-years-to-life in prison when he is sentenced before Superior Court Judge Dana Simonds on Jan. 29.
Hutchins was arrested on the morning of Jan. 16, after the then 8-year-old victim told her brother that the defendant had sexually molested her. Sheriff’s detectives executing a search warrant found videos of child pornography in an end table in the defendant’s living room.
District Attorney Jill Ravitch said, “Child molestation is too frequently difficult to discover and prosecute. Consequently, this verdict sends a strong message, in addition to holding the predator accountable. We applaud the child victim for disclosing the abuse and courageously testifying at trial, and hope this is an important step toward healing from this trauma.”
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Barbara Nanney, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Robert DeMiguel. Detective Scott Singleton of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office headed the investigation.