Former councilman gets eight years in state prison

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This is out of our coverage area, but of public interest nonetheless:

Former Gardena City Councilman Oscar Medrano was sentenced to eight years in state prison to child molestation and continuous sexual abuse of a minor.

He pleaded no contest.

Medrano served on the Gardena city council from March 2003 until he resigned March 11. (Some cities lag when it comes to pulling the bios off the Web sites when council members move on from their seats, but not in Gardena’s case.)

The victim was molested on a regular basis beginning when she was nine years old. The molestation started in 1999 and continued through 2006, according to the District Attorney’s office. Read more.