Pasadena Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Molesting Relative

Published : Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 5:51 PM

A Pasadena man was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for molesting a relative for four years, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Bernard Rutherford, 51, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office, said the crimes happened between August 2009 and August 2013 in Pasadena and Altadena.

The abuse started when the victim was 12 years old and ended when she was 16, Santiago added.

The District Attorney’s Office didn’t reveal how the victim was related to Rutherford.

Rutherford was arrested in 2016, court records showed.

In October, he pleaded not guilty to charges of continuous sexual abuse and two counts of lewd acts on a child, and was convicted of the charges in September.





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