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Hall sentenced for child molestation
• Ceres resident off to prison for 3 years

Lawrence Daniel Hall Jr., 65, of Ceres, has been convicted of felony child molestation and sentenced to three years in state prison.

On June 28, Hall was convicted by a Stanislaus County jury of having committed a felony lewd act upon one of two victims named Jane Doe #2. However, the jury found him not guilty of molesting another victim only identified as Jane Doe #1. They also found him not guilty of a second count involving Jane Doe #2, and a Jane Doe #3.

Deputy District Attorney Sameer Shukla prosecuted the case and said that in March 2006, Hall molested his six-year-old granddaughter, Jane Doe #2, as she was sleeping. She did not disclose the incident until 2015. When she did, two other granddaughters came forward alleging that Hall had molested them as well. He was arrested and charged with four counts of felony child molest against all the three victims: one count for each and an additional count for Jane Doe #2 on a separate occasion.

At his August 3 hearing, Judge Rick Distaso sentenced Hall to the low term of three years in state prison. His conviction counts as a “strike” under California’s “Three Strikes” law that may be used to increase punishment for any future felony convictions should Hall reoffend. He will also be required to register with law enforcement as a sex offender upon his release from custody.