Man sentenced to 18 years for molesting his daughter

A sexual predator who avoided prosecution for more than a year, perhaps by hiding in his native Philippines, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for sexually abusing his daughter.

At one point, Eduardo Naval was considered one of San Francisco’s 10 most wanted fugitives, prompting a manhunt by the U.S. Marshals Service. In April 2004, he disappeared after his daughter, then 13-years-old, told her mother she was the victim of more than five years of molestation.

Naval, 50, threatened to kill the family after the girl’s mother confronted him about the sexual assaults, authorities said. When the mother locked the girl and her younger brother inside a closet, Naval allegedly used a hammer to break open the door, stopping the onslaught only when he heard the approach of sirens.

Though authorities suspectNaval was hiding for more than a year in his native Philippines, U.S. Marshals eventually arrested him at a residence on Mission Circle in Daly City on Nov. 28, 2005.

He was convicted in October after a five-week trial in which the jury deliberated for three days. Naval had no criminal record at the time of the molestation.

District Attorney Kamala Harris said the sentence helps “send a loud signal” that authorities will aggressively prosecute sexual assaults. Naval’s sentence was a couple of years short of the maximum sentence, and he will eventually be eligible for parole.

Harris highlighted the case Thursday because of what she called a “huge problem” in reporting sexual assault cases, especially when a minor is required to take the stand. Oftentimes, she said, victims feel they put themselves at risk by reporting a sex crime without any confidence that the suspect will be prosecuted.

“It happens far more frequently than it’s reported,” Harris said. “Often because victims believe nothing will happen if they report.”

bbegin@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

U.S. Attorney David Anderson announces federal firearms charges against two men for their roles in a March 2019 shooting outside the Fillmore Heritage Center in a news conference alongside SFPD staff at the Phillip Burton Federal Building on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Departing U.S. attorney predicts corruption probe will continue

David Anderson shook up City Hall as top federal prosecutor

Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton has been asked to mediate union contract talks. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Walton tapped to mediate teacher contract talks

District and union at odds over hours in-person students should be in the classroom

California is set to receive supplies of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is still under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Courtesy photo)
California could receive 380K doses of new J&J COVID vaccine next week

California could receive 380,300 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine… Continue reading

Disability advocates protested outside the home of San Francisco Health Officer Tomas Aragon. (Courtesy Brooke Anderson)
Vaccine rollout plan for people with disabilities remains deeply flawed

On February 13, disability activists paid a visit to the house of… Continue reading

A Bay Area Concrete Recycling facility that opened on PG&E property in 2019. Former PG&E employees have been accused of accepting bribes from Bay Area Concrete. (Courtesy of Bay Area Concrete Recycling via ProPublica)
Lawsuit reveals new allegations against PG&E contractor accused of fraud

By Scott Morris Bay City News Foundation Utility giant Pacific Gas &… Continue reading

Most Read