The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney:
Defendant Miguel Ramon Flores, age 34, most recently of Ukiah, was sentenced by the Mendocino County Superior Court last Friday (Sept. 17th) to 96 months in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
Rather than face a local jury that had been summoned to jury duty on August 23rd, the defendant instead entered a guilty plea the Thursday prior to possession of child pornography, a felony.
The defendant also admitted that he had suffered a prior a Strike offense. In 2018, the defendant was convicted in Tulare County Superior Court of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14 years, a felony and a Strike pursuant to the voter-modified Three Strikes law.
The defendant’s Strike admission doubled the underlying child pornography base term (4 years), as well as limits the good and work time credits to no more than 20 percent of his overall sentence that the defendant may attempt to earn in state prison towards early release back to a community on parole.
Upon his eventual release on parole, the defendant will once again be required to annually register for the remainder of his life as a convicted sex offender with the law enforcement agencies wherever he is allowed to reside.
In brief, for his own sexual gratification, this defendant was in possession of videos obtained from a female acquaintance showing her performing sex acts on her two-year old son.
The defendant “met” the female on an anonymous social media site existing on the Dark Web.
At the time of his crime and subsequent arrest, defendant Flores was on parole for the earlier Tulare County conviction.
The law enforcement agencies that developed the evidence underlying the defendant’s conviction and state prison sentence were the State Parole Office in Ukiah and the Fort Bragg Police Department.
The attorney who prosecuted defendant Flores from original charging through last week’s sentencing hearing was Deputy District Attorney Eloise Kelsey.
Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Carly Dolan presided over the Friday sentencing hearing and imposed the stipulated eight-year sentence.