SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A Sacramento County jury convicted a man of dozens of child sexual abuse charges, prosecutors announced Friday.
Michael Leonard was found guilty of 41 counts of child molestation and 12 counts of child exploitation.READ MORE: Fire Damages Commercial Structure In Arden-Arcade
Over a period of 16 years, Leonard lured young children — many between the ages of 8 and 13 — to his home where he committed the crimes, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said. He met several of them at different children’s events and venues like skating rinks and dance studios.
He was arrested at least two times in 2015. In April of that year, Leonard, who was already a registered sex offender, was accused of trying to film a child pornographic video and molest a minor. He was held in the county jail on $500,000 bail.READ MORE: Gov. Newsom Pardons Woman Sentenced To Life In 90s For Fatally Shooting Abuser
Later that year in August, Leonard was arrested on accusations of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. After this arrest, authorities said there were more possible victims and urged anyone with information to come forward.
Prosecutors said Leonard was previously convicted of annoying or molesting a child.MORE NEWS: Father Drowns In Lake Berryessa While Trying To Save Son
Leonard faces 880 years to life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 1.