A Santa Ana California man faces up to 14 years in prison after being convicted of molesting the daughters of a friend for several years, according to prosecutors.
An Orange County Superior Court jury on Tuesday convicted Gary Gruber, 51, of four felony counts of committing a lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14.
Gruber, who was arrested in 2009, had been free on bail but was taken to jail following the verdict. He’ll be sentenced May 16.
Gruber was charged after a friend’s daughter, then 13, told a church counselor that she had repeatedly been molested by Gruber for several years. The counselor called Santa Ana police, who said they found that Gruber also had molested the girl’s two younger sisters, then 8 and 5.