Domestic violence call in Elk Grove led to child sex-assault case, and now a long prison term

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A man was sentenced to 39 years in state prison after pleading guilty to child sexual assault charges and being found guilty of domestic violence charges, according to authorities.

On March 24, David Capps pleaded guilty to nine counts of child sexual assault, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said.

When the case continued to trial on the remaining counts on March 28, Capps was convicted by a jury on charges of domestic violence causing great bodily injury, assault with a shotgun and assault with a knife.

Judge Steve White imposed the nearly 40-year prison term, the DA’s Office announced in a Friday news release.

The investigation began nearly four years ago, according to prosecutors, as Elk Grove police officers responded to a call and found Capps and a woman at the scene on Aug. 19, 2018. Officers learned that Capps held a shotgun to the woman’s head and told her it was loaded. He also held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.

According to the news release, the woman stated that Capps had strangled her to the point of near unconsciousness.

Prosecutors said that doctors later diagnosed her as having suffered a fractured larynx.

During the domestic violence investigation, the news release said, detectives said they found evidence that Capps sexually assaulted a child when she was 7 to 11 years old.

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