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Update: Man sentenced for multiple sex crimes against a minor 

Update posted June 29

Case was a retrial of the matter

–District Attorney Dan Dow announced this week that 31-year-old Cody Julian of Arroyo Grande has been sentenced to 24 years-to-life for his conviction of five counts involving the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 10, which occurred in 2016. Julian was convicted by a San Luis Obispo County jury on April 23, 2021. He had previously been convicted of the same offenses in March of 2018, however, the conviction was vacated by the Court of Appeal due to errors in the trial court. This case was the retrial of the matter.

The severity of the sentence is based on the gravity of the crimes and the young age of the victim.

At Julian’s sentencing, the mother of the young survivor addressed the court on the painful impact that the defendant’s crime had upon the victim.

“The young survivor demonstrated remarkable courage by reporting the crimes and participating in the criminal and victim justice process necessary to bring this predator to justice,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “We are optimistic that this conviction and sentence will encourage victims of sexual assault to report such conduct to law enforcement.”

This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Christopher B. White who was assigned to the District Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.


Original story posted April 24

Jury finds South County man guilty for multiple sex crimes against a minor

Cody Julian, 31, of Arroyo Grande

–After a two and one-half week-long jury trial, a San Luis Obispo County jury found Cody Julian, 31, of Arroyo Grande guilty of multiple sex crimes against a minor child to include lewd acts with a child and substantial sexual abuse of a child under 10 committed in 2016.

“We thank the jury for their efforts in this sensitive and emotional case,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “The survivor demonstrated remarkable courage by reporting the crimes and participating in the criminal and victim justice process necessary to bring this predator to justice. We are optimistic that this conviction will encourage victims of sexual assault to report the conduct to law enforcement.”

Sentencing is scheduled for June 16, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 1 of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, the Honorable Judge Jaqueline H. Duffy presiding. Julian faces life in state prison for his conviction. This was a retrial of the defendant for the same charges following a reversal of the prior case by the Court of Appeal.

The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office with the aid of the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Christopher B. White.

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