April 16, 2024
A San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy. Picture from division video

A former San Diego County sheriff’s deputy who pleaded responsible final yr to molesting two underage women and possessing little one intercourse abuse materials was sentenced Monday.

Jose Apolonio Soto Jr., 52, acquired 21 years and eight months to life in state jail.

Soto, who labored as a sheriff’s deputy for almost 25 years, was arrested final yr after a search warrant was served at his Chula Vista dwelling.

In Might, he was charged with possession of kid pornography based mostly on what a prosecutor stated was a report that led to the search warrant and the invention of kid intercourse abuse materials.

He later pleaded responsible to the kid porn possession cost, in addition to felony counts of lewd acts on a toddler and steady sexual abuse of a kid. As a part of his responsible plea, he stipulated to the 21-year, eight-month jail time period and is required to register as a intercourse offender.

Each victims appeared at Soto’s sentencing listening to and described the lasting trauma of the abuse they endured, the concern they felt whereas he was of their lives, and their ongoing distrust of different folks’s motives.

Soto additionally made an announcement on the listening to, through which he stated, “I pray to God that he’ll take the ache away from the emotional scars that I left behind. It’s my hope that with the justice you get in the present day, you’ll start your restoration. You’ll stay full and comfortable lives. Please don’t let my previous errors outline your future.”

Soto started working for the division as a detentions and court- companies deputy in March 1998, in response to sheriff’s officers. He retired in 2022, then was re-hired by the company on a part-time foundation.

Soto was fired from his part-time legislation enforcement job the identical day of his arrest, in response to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Division.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this report.