LANCASTER – A lifetime registered sex offender who molested two Antelope Valley girls after befriending their mother has been sentenced to 270 years to life in state prison.
Jeffrey Thomas, 52, was sentenced Friday by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Christopher Estes, according to Deputy District Attorney Scott A. Yang.
Thomas was convicted by jury on Aug. 13 of two counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and one count of continuous sexual abuse. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation of multiple victims, which increased Thomas’ punishment.
His latest conviction stems from sex crimes that started in 2010 in Palmdale, according to the prosecutor.
Thomas befriended the mother of an 8-year-old girl and was invited into the family’s home. He then molested the young girl several times a week for three years. Thomas also preyed on the victim’s half-sister, who was 12 or 13 when the molestation began, according to the prosecutor.
At the time of those crimes, Thomas was a lifetime registered sex offender. He was convicted in 2002 of two counts of lewd acts upon a child and one count of forcible lewd act upon a child.
Thomas was arrested in June of 2014 in connection with the latest crimes. The abuse was uncovered after the youngest victim told what happened to a medical professional, the prosecutor added.
The two victims testified at his August 2015 trial, and the jury deliberated for just three hours before finding Thomas guilty on all charges, the prosecutor said.
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