Bay City News Service

SALINAS — A Salinas man has been sentenced to six years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old relative, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni announced Friday.

Sergio Jardinez-Soto, 22, was found guilty in April by a jury of forcible digital penetration of a minor, prosecutors said.

The assault occurred in August 2017, when the victim was staying at a relatives home.

Prosecutors said the victim and her single mother had recently become homeless, and the victim was staying with a family member so she would not have to sleep in a car.

The victim was sleeping in the garage of the home, where Jardinez-Soto also slept.

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She was at the residence two nights, and on the third night, Jardinez-Soto sexually assaulted her by groping her and touching her genitals, prosecutors said.

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