Child Molester Gets Life in Prison

Written by Estero Bay News

March 8, 2023

A convicted child molester was sentenced to spend more than four centuries in state prison for his conviction on 19 counts of sexually assaulting two children and one adult.

District Attorney Dan Dow said Judge Craig van Rooyen sentenced Daniel Ramirezgutierrez, 36, to 435-years to life in prison for his crimes, which were committed in San Luis Obispo and Contra Costa Counties.

At the March 1 sentencing, the judge held a teleconference call with the victims in the case and heard arguments from the prosecutor and defense attorney before handing down the exceptionally long sentence.

“California sentencing law provides lengthy prison terms and life in prison for certain sex crimes committed against children,” the news release said. “Life sentences such as this provide some protection for young children by way of deterring predators from committing these devastating crimes, punishment for the sex offender, and protection for the community at large from these predators.”

District Attorney Dow said, “In San Luis Obispo County, we vigorously prosecute child predators and fully enforce California law to protect children — our most vulnerable citizens. While this long sentence will not undo the harm done to these young people, it does send an unmistakable message that sexual abuse of children is reprehensible and will not be tolerated in our community.”

According to the charging documents released by the D.A., which list 21 counts, Ramirezgutierrez’ two child victims were both under 14-years old and the crimes against the first victim happened between June 29, 2015 and March 27, 2022. He was accused (and convicted) of groping, molesting and raping multiple child victims in SLO County.

In Contra Costa County he was accused of the same acts with a child under 10 between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2016.

The County Sheriff’s Office, the D.A.’s Bureau of Investigation and the Child Abuse Interview Team worked the case locally in conjunction with the Brentwood Police Department in Contra Costa County. Deputy D.A. Kristin Barnard of the Sexual Violence Unit prosecuted.

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