Petaluma man found guilty of molesting girls

A Petaluma man convicted of sexually abusing a young girl over a period of five years now faces more than two decades in prison, authorities announced Friday.

John Christopher Sparrow was a "trusted family friend and neighbor" of the victim, whom he met when she was 8-years-old, District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement.

Sparrow, 55, first abused the victim in 2005 when she was 11 years old and he continued his actions for five more years, until mid-2011.

He then also molested her friend, said Deputy District Attorney Christine Cook.

At that point, the two girls reported him to police. Three days later, on Aug. 4, 2011, Sparrow was arrested by Petaluma police.

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