Sentenced in August to 300 years to life in state prison for financial crimes, a 58-year-old Napa man was convicted Thursday in Napa Superior Court on child sexual offenses.
A jury convicted Bruce Lee Clotfelter of two counts of felony child molestation and four counts of contacting a minor for sexual offense. The jury also found that Clotfelter had three prior convictions for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office reported.
Judge Mark S. Boessenecker presided over the nearly three-week trial.
On Aug. 15, Clotfelter was sentenced to 300 years to life on 12 felony counts of perjury, unauthorized use of personal identifying information, forgery and grand theft by the Napa County Superior Court.
Clotfelter was a convicted child molester who was previously sent to state prison. While on parole for those offenses, he was convicted of impersonating a military officer for posing as a Top Gun flight instructor at various elementary schools to get access to children, the DA’s Office said.
Clotfelter was adjudicated a sexually violent predator and was committed to the state hospital system. He was released in 2007 and moved to Napa.
Once in Napa, Clotfelter illegally changed his name to avoid detection as a sex offender. Then he accepted thousands of dollars of Social Security to which he was not entitled.
In Thursday’s convictions, the jury found that during the years of 2009 – 2016, Clotfelter had formed inappropriate relationships with multiple underage boys for the purpose of child molestation. Clotfelter will be back in court for a sentencing hearing on Oct. 15, at 8:30 a.m.
Even though Clotfelter is currently serving a 300-years-to-life prison sentence, the District Attorney’s Office remained committed to prosecuting this defendant for several reasons, according to a news release.
Most importantly, all victims of sexual assault deserve justice and the opportunity to face their abuser in court and to tell the jury about the crimes that were committed against them, officials said. Further, all convictions are subject to reversal by appeal and sentences can be significantly shortened by future legislation.
Clotfelter has already filed a Notice of Appeal of his 300-years-to-life sentence.
District Attorney Allison Haley said, “My office did the extra work required to ensure that Bruce Clotfelter bears the full weight of the consequences for all of his illegal actions and that he will never again harm another child.”
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Agnes Dziadur. “We are so incredibly grateful to the jury for helping us achieve justice in this case. This defendant has a lifelong and torrid history of lies, deceit, and victimizing children and their families. There was no end in sight for him,” she said.