Cambria man sentenced 65 years to life for child molestation
August 12, 2014
A 57-year-old Cambria man received a 65 years to life prison sentence Monday for repeatedly molesting a boy. [Tribune]
In July, a San Luis Obispo jury convicted Ronald John Cowan of five counts of child molestation. Cowan, who suffered a brain injury in an accident in the 1990s, is believed to have sodomized a boy who is now 6-years-old.
The child was two when the molestation allegedly began.
Cowan gained access to the child by befriending the victim’s family and bringing them cash and gifts. Prosecutors said the boy’s mother was addicted to drugs and trusted Cowan as a grandfather-like figure to the boy.
A foster parent reported the allegations of sexual abuse in 2012 after the child described his experience of sleeping in Cowan’s bed. During the trial, the boy testified, and Cowan smiled and winked at him while he was on the stand.
Judge Jacquelyn Duff gave Cowan the maximum sentence for his conviction, despite his lingering brain injury.