FULLERTON (AP) — An 80-year-old Southern California man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison for molesting five young female relatives for more than a decade.

Claude Lee Coker of La Palma was sentenced Friday in Orange County Superior Court.

A jury convicted him on sexual abuse charges last November.

Prosecutors say Coker molested the victims, who ranged in age from 5 to 11, beginning in 1996 while they sat on his lap or as he tucked them into bed.

The abuse stopped in 2008 when a 10-year-old victim told her parents, who questioned the other children.

The five victims testified at trial. Coker denied the allegations while testifying in his own defense.

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Comments (14)
  1. Kat Ramirez says:


  2. mark says:

    “Probably an illegal”….With the name Claude Lee Coker? Highly unlikely…

    1. Hex the Italian says:

      It’s satire.. Enjoy!

  3. Astonished says:

    Did they really think he was going to admit it? He probably figured that at his age they wouldn’t send him to prison.

  4. g money says:

    he is probably white….

    1. Imani says:

      there’s no mug shot/’scary’ photo, so you’re probably right…

    2. James Romines says:

      When did sexual perversion have a race, or a national origin, or a gender, or religion? The one making the assumption (accusation) is a racist!!

      1. bob says:


        Based on that defensive comment, you’re probably white, too!

  5. Susan E says:

    OC Register has a photo – he’s an old white guy. Sickening.

  6. JAW says:


    Can we keep one’s personal view about race out of what is a completely race and class neutral crime! This can happen to anyone, by anyone regardless of their FICO scores!

  7. bill burns says:

    looks like the coloreds are gearing up for a slave revolt

    1. me says:

      Was that really called for? This comment makes you tasteless and classless. No I am not African American, but it still offended me. I hope they revolt on you for that comment. Jerk!

  8. Mel Gibson says:


  9. pablito says:

    guy is my neighbor, i can’t believe this and I have read it many times.

    been my neighbor for 30 years.

    seemed like a typical solid family guy

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