Tulare man sentenced for child molestation

Octavio Larios to spend life behind bars, register as a sex offender following a no contest plea

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published November 28, 2023  • 
12:30 pm
(Rigo Moran)
(Rigo Moran)

VISALIA – A man has received a life sentence at the hands of the  Tulare County Superior Court for two counts of child molestation against a young female victim in Tulare.

Octavio Larios, 42, was sentenced to life in prison due to his involvement in a child molestation case on Nov. 17. Additionally, as part of his sentencing, Larios will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

(Tulare County District Attorney's office)

This legal decision came after Larios pleaded no contest on Oct. 23 to two serious charges: one count of engaging in sexual intercourse with a child aged 10 or younger and one count of committing a forcible lewd act upon a child under the age of fourteen. It’s important to note that all these offenses involved substantial sexual conduct and were classified as felonies, making them strike offenses under the law.

The crimes occurred between July 21, 2016, and July 20, 2020, and they targeted a young female victim who was between the ages of ten and fourteen at the time of the sexual assaults. These unlawful acts took place within the city of Tulare.

In accordance with California’s current sentencing laws, Larios must serve a minimum of 25 years before he can even be considered for parole.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Chelsea Wayt, who serves in the Crimes Against Children Division. The investigation was carried out by members of the Tulare Police Department.

Mid Valley Times Staff