Child molester gets two life terms

February 18, 2009 10:37:42 AM PST
A Monterey County judge on Tuesday sentenced an Arroyo Seco man found guilty of molesting two children to two concurrent life terms in prison, according to the district attorney's office.

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Perry Hamm, 66, rented a portion of his home to family friends between 1994 and 2001, and often provided day care for the family's two young daughters during that time, according to a statement released by Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo.

Flippo said Hamm molested the girls separately while they were in his care. One was between the ages of 6 and 11 during that period; for the other the abuse lasted from age 8 to 13.

The girls told no one about the abuse until the summer of 2003, when one of them overheard her father recommending Hamm as a babysitter to a family friend, according to the district attorney's office.

The molestation was reported to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office about one year later.

Hamm was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison by Judge Larry Hayes, Flippo said.

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