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Man, 23, Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Groping 2 Girls Under 14

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RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com)  — A 23-year-old man was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for groping two girls, both under 14, at a Jurupa Valley store.

Brandon Alan Dimmitt pleaded guilty on April 12 to two counts of lewd acts on a child under 14-years-old.

The District Attorney dropped a third count of lewd acts on a minor after Dimmitt agreed to accept a plea deal.

Dimmitt could have faced more than 20 years in prison if he had been convicted by a jury on all charges.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan issued the sentence.

Sheriff’s officials said deputies were called on March 29 to a retail outlet in the 8000 block of Limonite Avenue to investigate reports of a sexual assault.

The two alleged victims told a store manager that a man had groped them. Sheriff’s Sgt. Bill Davis said Dimmitt was detained by store security until he fled.

Deputies arrived and spotted a man running east on Limonite Avenue, Davis said.

Officials said Dimmitt surrendered without a struggle. After they apprehended him, they believed he also matched the description of a man who molested another girl at the same location four days earlier.

Investigators obtained a positive I.D. for Dimmitt on the earlier attack after a brief investigation.

Dimmitt’s arrest came less than a year after he was convicted of felony sexual battery for an assault on a child in the Riverside area.

He was initially charged with committing lewd acts on a minor in the same incident that occurred last May but struck a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office in that case as well.

He was sentenced to three years probation and a year in county jail under terms of the plea bargain although he did not complete the latter.

Authorities also say Dimmitt has a misdemeanor DUI conviction for which he was sentenced to three years probation in the fall of 2010.

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