On July 10 in Department 6 of the Tulare County Superior Court, Visalia Division, Judge Gary Paden sentenced Mauro Gallo, age 44, of Tulare, to 32 years in prison for child molestation. 

In addition to his sentence, Gallo must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. On April 30, Gallo entered a plea no contest to 16 counts of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 against a female victim who was between the ages of 11 and 14 at the time of the acts. 

Gallo also pleaded no contest to one count of felony child abuse against a separate male victim who was between the ages of 7 and 12 at the time of the act. Gallo also admitted special allegations that the lewd acts involved substantial sexual conduct. Each count is a felony and the 16 lewd acts are considered strike offenses. 

Gallo entered a plea to all charges filed against him. The crimes occurred between January 5, 2012, and March 4, 2017. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Chelsea Wayt of the Crimes against Children Division and investigated by Detective Christopher Marvin of the Tulare Police Department.

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