Santa Maria church leader sentenced for child sex abuse

July 8, 2016

Daniel James MorenoA 26-year-old Santa Maria man has received an eight-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a child. The man recently served as a local church leader for youth and worked as a youth sports coach. [KSBY]

Daniel James Moreno pleaded guilty to charges of continual sexual abuse of a child and committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child. He received six years in prison for the first count and two years for the latter offense.

A judge also ordered Moreno to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Santa Maria officers arrested Moreno after responding to a home at around 12:40 a.m. on March 28. Police did not release details about the case.

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Obviously his intent to molest was a weak intent rather than malicious.

That is a very light sentence. The DA must have elected to not charge him to the full extent. He had to have used force or fear and those would have added up to a good 20 year sentence. Very Bad

Praise the Lord (works in mysterious ways). I just have to ask forgiveness, right? Then everything’s groovy.