Paso Robles man sentenced to 14 years for child molestation
July 11, 2014
A 70-year-old Paso Robles man has received a 14-year prison sentence for molesting three child relatives.
Leonard Ray Franklin pleaded guilty in April to two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a minor under age 14 and one count of a lewd or lascivious act on a child under 14. Prosecutors alleged that Franklin abused the children, ages 3, 13, and 15, several times over the last decade.
Franklin allegedly used the 3-year-old to create child pornography and began abusing the victim when the child was 2-years-old.
He faced up to 22 years in prison for the molestation convictions.
Franklin co-owned the Franklin Hot Springs in Paso Robles. His family has owned the business since the 60s.