Gerber Man Sentenced to 24 Years for Child Molestation

A Gerber man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for molesting children at his wife's daycare facility.

Tehama County investigators said 64-year-old Ralph Martin molested eight children at Country Kids Daycare in Gerber, which was run by his wife.

The facility operated out of their Gerber home.

Martin was arrested in November 2012.

After multiple court appearances Martin took a plea deal and will serve 24 years.

Gregg Cohen, Tehama County's District Attorney said the ages of the children Martin molested ranged from one to 10 years old.

Cohen said the case proved to be difficult because of how young the children were, but he commended the detective work of the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.

Cohen said he was happy with the sentence of 24 years.

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