Oroville man sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and molestation charges

On Wednesday, an Oroville man was sentenced to 23 years in prison for the rape and molestation of a young girl.

Posted: Aug 19, 2021 7:01 PM
Updated: Aug 19, 2021 7:36 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - On Wednesday, an Oroville man was sentenced in Butte County Superior Court for the rape and molestation of a young girl while she was in his home between the ages of 12 and 16, Butte County District Attorney Michael Ramsey said.

Rolando Cornelio Ledesma, 36, of Oroville, previously pleaded guilty to a count of rape by duress and forcible digital penetration and was sentenced to the maximum term of 23 years by Judge Jesus Rodriguez.

Ramsey said the case came about after the girl’s mother became alarmed by the behavior she observed of Ledesma on Dec. 20, 2020.

The mother called the Oroville Police Department, and the then 16-year-old victim bravely told responding law enforcement officers about the sexual abuse she had endured since the time she was 12 years old, Ramsey said.

Ledesma was arrested and charged with the counts of sexual abuse he committed against the girl.

In addition to the 23 years in prison, Ledesma will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to Ramsey.

Pursuant to new regulations adopted by the California Department of Corrections this May, offenders only have to serve 2/3 of their actual sentence.

This means Ledesma will be eligible for parole after approximately 15 years in custody, which is calculated from the day of his arrest in Jan. 2021.

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