September 17, 2021
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Serial child molester sentenced to 30 years to life

July 30, 2021

Defendant Pablo Cardenas Estrada, 62-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced by the Honorable Robert Laforge to serve 30 years-to-life in state prison after he entered no contest pleas in May of this year to six charges of felony child molestation.

Beginning in the 1990s, Estrada molested numerous young children, many between the ages of 5 and 8 years old. The investigation into his actions began in 2017 when one of the victims, now an adult, approached law enforcement about the abuse she had suffered. After an extensive investigation, detectives were able to find and speak to several additional victims. The defendant was then arrested and charged for his crimes, eventually entering pleas of no contest to charges of felony child molestation against six separate victims. He also admitted

sentencing enhancements for molesting multiple victims, committing substantial sexual conduct with a child, and molesting a child that was a stranger.

 District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This prolific child molester has earned a life sentence in prison.  Hopefully this outcome will help the victims to heal, and provide the community with a sense of safety from this predator.”

At the sentencing hearing several victim impact statements, which uniformly expressed the fear, confusion, isolation, and continuing trauma that the defendant had caused to his victims, were read and considered by the court. Prior to imposing the sentence, the court told the defendant that the only thing he had done right was to enter a plea early in the criminal proceedings.

Despite the life sentence, under current law the defendant will be eligible for consideration of elder parole after serving 20 years of that sentence.  

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Ashley W Hendon, assisted by District Attorney Victim Advocate Elizabeth Garcia. Detective Timothy Raymond of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.