Daly City child molester brought to wrong courthouse, avoids prison for now 

A convicted child molester’s sentencing was delayed by almost two weeks after San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies brought him to the wrong courthouse.

About 9 a.m. Friday, prosecutors said, Judge Clifford Cretan was prepared to sentence 56-year-old Ronald Morales for possessing an “enormous cache” of child pornography, but deputies never arrived with him.

“The defendant was mistakenly transported to the South San Francisco courthouse and was not present for sentencing,” San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Such a mistake is rare, Assistant District Attorney Al Serrato said Monday.

“Normally, they’re pretty good about that kind of thing,” he said, adding that felony cases are heard at courthouses in Redwood City and South City.

However, Morales “isn’t going anywhere” but to prison, Serrato said. He faces 25 years to life after a 2012 conviction for engaging in sex acts with a 12-year-old neighbor and taking pornographic pictures of her, Wagstaffe said.

During a parole search of Morales’ home June 7, 2011, child porn videos were found in nearly every room, Wagstaffe said, including footage of young neighborhood girls.

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