SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Eduardo Manila of Fontana was sentenced Tuesday to 42 years to life in state prison for multiple counts of child sexual assault related to three victims.
“My assault will be a part of me for the rest of my life, even though it might be done,” Jane Doe told Judge Mary E. Fuller at the sentencing hearing for 52-year-old Manila. “I will always have the reoccurring nightmare of the defendant touching me. I will have to live my life in a way now that I have the recurring question of, ‘Will I ever be able to trust anyone again?’”
On Feb. 9, 2016, a Rancho Cucamonga jury found Eduardo Manila guilty of 8 counts of Lewd Act Upon a Child and found true multiple victim allegations. The case dates back to Sept. 2014 when the 13-year-old victim (Jane Doe) disclosed to her grandparents that the defendant had fondled her when she spent the night at his home.
According to Deputy District Attorney Teresa Smith, who prosecuted the case, Jane Doe was friends with the defendant’s fiancé’s 14-year-old daughter (Janet Doe) at the time the touching occurred.
“It was at that point, Janet Doe disclosed that she, too, had been touched by the defendant,” Smith said.
During the investigation of the case conducted by Fontana Police Department, it was discovered that similar accusations had also been made by the defendant’s stepdaughter, Mary Doe, several years before these accusations came to light.
“I stand here today to tell everyone and my offender that I am no longer a victim, I am a survivor,” Mary Doe said during her victim impact statement prior to sentencing. “I stand here today to take a stand for girls going through this, for girls that have gone through it and for girls who will go through it.”