Defendant Sentenced for 25 Counts of Child Sexual Assault Against Two Children
DATE: August 29, 2022
CASE: Ronald Berry (Case #21FE003052)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Aarseth, Special Assault & Child Abuse Unit
The Honorable Steve White sentenced Ronald Berry to 529 years and 8 months to life in prison. On July 21, 2022, a jury convicted Berry of 25 counts of child sexual assault charges including sexual touching of a child under 14 years old with force; sexual intercourse or sodomy with a child 10 years old or younger; and oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child 10 years old or younger. The jury also found true great bodily injury and multiple victim allegations. The Court found true an allegation that Berry has a prior 2004 strike conviction for assault with a firearm.
On May 28, 2020, the 11-year-old female victim disclosed that Berry sexually abused her from the age of 8 to 11 years old and that he was sending her sexually inappropriate text messages. The sexual abuse included touching her over her clothes and progressed to multiple forced sexual assaults. The victim was afraid Berry would hurt her if she didn’t comply. A Sheriff’s detective identified a second victim who stated Berry began sexually assaulting her when she was 13 years old.