Child abuser to spend life in state prison

Tulare County Superior Court sentences Jacob Gamboa to a life in prison for child sexual assault

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published January 26, 2024  • 
10:30 am
(Rigo Moran)
(Rigo Moran)

VISALIA – For multiple offenses of sexual persecution committed against a young girl, child rapist Jacob Gamboa is going to serve the time for his crimes behind the bars of a state prison cell.

(Tulare County District Attorney)

On Jan. 23, in the Visalia Division of the Tulare County Superior Court, Gamboa, 35, was sentenced to life in state prison for crimes of child molestation. He pleaded no contest to two counts of oral copulation with a child 10 years of age or younger, and three counts of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 on Oct. 18, 2023.

He also admitted to the special allegation that his crimes involved substantial sexual conduct. Each count of these counts is a felony and are considered strike offenses.

Gamboa’s crimes occurred between May 29, 2007, and Aug. 24, 2011. His offenses were against a female victim who was between the ages of 4 and 8-years-old at the time of the sexual assaults. Each of the sexual assault crimes occurred in the city of Porterville.

Under current California sentencing laws, he must serve 22 years before being considered for parole. Additionally, Gamboa will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Chelsea Wayt and investigated by the Porterville Police Department.

Mid Valley Times Staff