Prolific child molester gets 152 years

Jan. 29, 2007 at 4:23 PM
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A man believed to be one of the most prolific child molesters in U.S. history was sentenced in San Jose, Calif., Monday to 152 years to life in prison.

Dean Schwartzmiller is expected to appeal his conviction and sentence for molesting two 12-year-old San Jose boys in 2005, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

He acted as his own attorney in the trial that ended when a jury convicted him of 10 counts of child molestation.

Schwartzmiller had previously been arrested on more than 80 counts of child molestation in five states. He was convicted on nine counts, but four were overturned upon appeal, the newspaper said.

Police arrested Schwartzmiller in May 2005 at a San Jose apartment he shared with another convicted child molester and found notebooks containing the names of 36,000 children with codes next to their names, presumbably describing how the children were abused, the Mercury News said.

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