Booking Photo Juan Antonio Esquivel (DOB 08/17/1987)
Booking Photo Juan Antonio Esquivel (DOB 08/17/1987)

Jury Convicts Juan Antonio Esquivel of Felony Child Sexual Abuse

Author: District Attorney's Office
Date: 6/6/2019 3:39:15 PM

On June 6, 2019, a San Luis Obispo County jury found Paso Robles resident Juan Antonio Esquivel (age 31) guilty of committing a lewd act on a child under the age of fourteen and sexual penetration by a foreign object on a child under the age of fourteen, both felonies.


District Attorney Dan Dow announced that a San Luis Obispo County jury returned guilty verdicts against Paso Robles resident Juan Antonio Esquivel (DOB 08/17/1987) for the crimes of committing a lewd act on a child under the age of fourteen and sexual penetration by a foreign object on a child under the age of fourteen, both felonies.  The convictions are the result of an incident of sexual abuse which occurred in December of 2016.  The jury returned their verdicts after a two-week trial and one half day of deliberation.

“Cases of sexual abuse of children are some of the most complex, sensitive, and tragic cases handled by our office.  We admire the courage of this young victim in coming forward to report the abuse,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “We thank the jury and for their service and we are proud of the hard work of our entire prosecution team that ensured this victim’s voice could be heard and this offender could be held accountable.”

Sentencing is scheduled for July 2, 2019, in Department 10 of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, the Honorable Judge Jesse Marino presiding.  Mr. Esquivel faces a maximum sentence of 8 years in state prison and will be required to register as a sex offender. 

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Lisa Muscari and investigated by the Paso Robles Police Department.

Point of contact for media inquiries is Assistant District Attorney Eric J. Dobroth (805) 781-5819.