Walker man sentenced to state prison on molest charges

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On 8/26/12  Joseph Timpone, age 76, of Walker California was arrested and charged by the Mono County District Attorney on two charges of PC 288(a) for molesting his biological granddaughter who is of kindergarten age, during January of 2004 to December of 2006.

Further investigation by the District Attorney with the assistance of the Mono County Sheriff’s Department uncovered the fact that the defendant had also molested at least two of his own biological daughters when they were approximately the same age as the current victim.  For one of his daughters, the molestation continued into her adulthood.  The defendant eventually admitted molesting his own daughters but unfortunately the timing of the crimes exceeded the statute of limitations and could not be charged.

On May 14, 2013, the defendant pled guilty to both counts and he was brought back to court for sentencing on September 24, 2013.  The defendant’s potential sentence ranged from probation to 10 years in prison.

Deputy District Attorney, David Anderson was assigned to handle the prosecution for the District Attorney’s Office and presented the evidence to the court.  District Attorney Tim Kendall stated, “The court could have sentenced Mr. Timpone to a minimal sentence or even to probation with time served but Mr. Anderson, during an approximate 2 hour hearing, did an excellent job of presenting the victims stories, their victim impact statements, along with a very persuasive argument for giving the maximum sentence to Mr. Timpone.”  The court agreed and sentenced Mr. Timpone to the 10 year maximum to be served at the California Department of Corrections.

“These types of cases are difficult, sad and present the most horrific type of conduct that can be displayed by human beings.  The victims are vulnerable and defenseless, victims can be scared for life and families are torn apart and because of that these cases will continue to remain a priority for the District Attorney and people who prey on the young and innocent will continue to be prosecuted to the fullest.”

Mr. Timpone is still currently housed in the Mono County Jail awaiting transport to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

 

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