A Ventura man was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail and five years probation for molesting a 9-year-old girl for more than a year.
Ventura County Superior Court Judge Lawrence Storch said Rupert Barron, 35, was a good candidate for probation despite a prosecutor's request that Barron be sentenced to state prison.
Barron "appears to be amenable to rehabilitation," Storch said.
But Deputy Dist. Atty. Patrice D. Koenig argued that Barron should receive a state prison term because he pleaded guilty to nine counts of child molestation.
"The victim was abused over a long period of time and she has stated she never wants to see the defendant again," Koenig said.