Sacramento man pleads guilty to child sex assault, cyber crimes

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento man was convicted Monday following a guilty plea to charges of committing a sex act on a child under 10 years old and lewd and lascivious touching of a child under 14 years old, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced.

The man, Daryl Cook, also admitted to a 1997 strike conviction for attempted murder. “Strike” convictions in California are reserved for violent felonies. California law gives defendants 25 years to life if they rack up three strike convictions.

Prosecutors say a woman discovered photos of a 7-year-old child from her family nude on Cook’s cell phone and notified law enforcement officials. Following a search of Cook’s electronic devices and social media accounts by the Sacramento Hi-Tech Task Force, officials found footage of Cook “sexually abusing the child on multiple occasions” between the ages of 5 and 7 years old, finding additional images of Cook abusing a 7-year-old boy.

Under California law, Cook faces a maximum sentence of 56 years to life in prison. He will also be required to register as a California sex offender.

The now-convicted Cook will return to court on June 25, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 62 before Judge Michael Savage.

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