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'Mid-City Molester' Convicted, Faces Life in Prison

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The man known as the "Mid-City Molester" was convicted on Friday of kidnapping and molestation. Daniel Merino, 42, was found guilty by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury of approaching four girls between the ages of eight and ten while they were on their way to school, reports the LA Independent. The girls were all alone when approached. Merino then asked for their help in getting his daughter to school, took the girls to a nearby apartment building and sexually molested three of them, and attempted to molest the fourth.

The incidents happened between February 2008 and November 2009. Merino faces three 25-year-to-life sentences, as well as 20 years in prison.