Defendant Sentenced for Multiple Child Sexual Assault Charges
DATE: May 6, 2021
CASE: Frank Diaz (Case #19FE021059)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Dinah Mielke, Special Assault & Child Abuse Unit
The Honorable Ernest Sawtelle sentenced Frank Diaz to 40 years in prison. On April 8, 2021, a jury convicted Diaz of six counts of child sexual assault. Four of the charges were committed using force. A special allegation of substantial sexual conduct was also found true.
Frank Diaz was a family friend of the victim. On June 28, 2019, the victim was home alone with Diaz when he went into the victim’s bedroom and sexually assaulted her. When she contacted a relative to disclose the abuse, Diaz attempted to harm himself with a knife trying to manipulate the victim into changing her story. He then fled the home. The victim later disclosed that Diaz had been sexually assaulting her once a week since she was 8 or 9 years old.