Tulare County Man Convicted of Child Molestation

64-year-old Sidney Russell found guilty of sex crimes with a child (Photo: Tulare County Dct Attorney’s Office)

VISALIA, Calif. (KMJ/FOX26) — 64-year-old Sidney Russell was found guilty in Tulare County Superior Court of child molestation.

Court records say Russel committed the crimes on an underage girl in July 2020.

He was convicted of two felony counts of forcible lewd act upon a child under the age of 14.

Russell possessed prior strike offenses for violent sex crimes in 1992 when he was convicted of raping two separate adult victims, kidnapping, and other violent sex crimes.

The crimes occurred in Visalia and he was sentenced to 27 years in state prison but was paroled in 2005 after serving less than half of his sentence.

Upon his release, Russell registered as a lifetime sex offender.

In 2019, Russell was convicted of misdemeanor sexual battery and served a local jail sentence.