Santa Maria foster father sentenced to 125 years
July 30, 2016
A 55-year-old Santa Maria man was sentenced to 125 years in prison on Wednesday for repeatedly raping a foster child in his care. The sexual assaults began when the child was 8 years old and continued for two years.
Last month, a jury found Norbert Manalisay Cruz guilty of seven felony counts including sexual intercourse with a child 10 or younger, oral copulation of a child 10 or younger, sexual penetration of a child 10 or younger and aggravated sexual assault of a child.
From 2009 through 2011, Cruz was the victim’s foster father. He repeatedly sexually abused her and made her promise never to tell anyone.
In 2011, the child was moved to a new foster home. She then told her new foster mother what Cruz had done.
In a statement to the court, the now 15-year-old victim said she cooperated with Cruz at the time in the hope of having a normal life.