A Holtville sex offender has been convicted once again for child molestation with seven counts of sexual abuse to a relative, the same victim he had already been convicted of abusing.
Jeremy James Godwin, 40, faces 25 years to life for charges filed in 2010, which included aggravated sexual abuse, lewd acts with a child under the age of 14 by force or fear and child molestation.
“The victim had a lot of courage to come and testify,” Imperial County Deputy District Attorney Jodi Miller said. “She finally saw justice.”
The trial followed the victimization of Godwin’s female relative between January 2001 and December 2005.
“I’m glad (the conviction) finally came,” the victim, now 20, said. “It has been a big weight lifted not just for me but for my family.”
Looking toward the future, the young woman said she was doing pretty well and moving forward with her life.
Represented by attorney Jason Amavisca, Godwin is expected to return to court Aug. 15 for a sentencing hearing.
Calls to Amavisca were not returned by press time.
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