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Temecula man who molested stepdaughter sentenced

 

Last updated 10/12/2018 at 5:33pm

MURRIETA - A Temecula man who molested his 6-year-old stepdaughter on occasions when her mother was away was sentenced on Friday, Oct. 12 to 30 years to life in state prison.

A Murrieta jury in August deliberated one day before convicting 51-year-old Dana Leon Wilber of two counts each of lewd acts on a minor and copulation of a child under 10 years old.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Elaine Kiefer imposed the sentence required by law.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Wilber married the victim's mother, Erin Wilber, in March 2017, and the acts of molestation began almost immediately afterward.

Deputy District Attorney Ed Jensen said in a trial brief that Erin Wilber had a full-time job and would leave her daughter, identified only as "S.O.,'' with the defendant for hours at a time.

During these occasions, the defendant convinced the girl to touch him intimately and ultimately engage in oral copulation, Jensen said.

Last October, the girl revealed to her mother what had transpired, prompting the woman to contact the sheriff's department. According to Jensen, when Wilber was confronted by detectives, he dismissed the encounters with his stepdaughter as innocent ``horse play'' and said that the honey was used by both S.O. and him to throw at one another.

"The defendant claimed that S.O. would flaunt herself in front of him,'' according to the brief. "He also claimed that this 6-year-old girl would flash him, and he would tell her to cover up.''

The prosecution alleged that S.O.'s cousin, a boy identified only as "J.F.,'' was with her and Wilber several times at the defendant's residence in the 30000 block of Colina Verde, and each time, Wilber found a reason to fondle the boy's behind.

However, Wilber was not charged with offenses related to J.F.

The defendant was taken into custody at his workplace on Magnolia Avenue in Riverside last Oct. 25.

He had no documented prior felony convictions.

 

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