'Animal' convicted of nine counts of sexual assault on a minor

A San Francisco man who likened himself to an “animal” to investigators was convicted by a jury Wednesday on nine counts of committing a lewd act with a child, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Marco Hernandez, 38, was convicted on charges of sodomy, vaginal penetration, oral copulation and kissing of a victim who was 7 years old when the crimes occurred between July and December 2011.

The victim told her mother what was happening in late December 2011, and the mother then went to police.

The mother turned over the victim's underwear to police and the jury was able to hear DNA evidence that helped lead to Hernandez's conviction.

When Hernandez was interviewed by police, he told them he was an animal. At other times, he told police the victim wanted him to perform sexual acts with her, even saying she seduced him.

Hernandez's defense tried to paint the victim, who was Hernandez's stepdaughter, as a liar.

In the end, the jury found him guilty on all nine counts, Szabo said.

District Attorney George Gascon called the case particularly heinous and said he was “grateful the system worked and exposed [Hernandez's] true colors.”

“The crimes this man committed amount to pure evil,” Gascon said.

Assistant District Attorney Leslie Cogan, who prosecuted the case, lauded the bravery of the victim for coming forward to expose the crimes.

“Her courage ensured no other children will endure such despicable crimes,” Cogan said.

Hernandez faces up to 82 years to life in prison.

He is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 5.

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