Childcare provider Lupe Almaguer's sentencing delayed until March

The Mammoth daycare provider arrested in October for sexually abusing at least four children in his care, Lupe Almaguer, will not face a judge again until March 8, after his sentencing was continued at his attorney's request yesterday.

Judge Stan Eller granted the request, according to an investigator for the Mono County Deputy Attorney's office, Wade McCammond.

The sentencing was originally set for next week, Feb. 15, at 1:30 p.m., in Bridgeport.

"Mr. Almaguer is expected to be present for the pronouncement of sentence," McCammond said.

When asked if Almaguer was licensed by the state to be a childcare provider during the time the alleged abuse occurred, McCammond said, "Our investigative information is that Mr. Almaguer had been in the daycare business since 1991. At the time of his arrest Mr. Almaguer was licensed by the State of California Child Care Licensing Program as a daycare provider."

Almaguer, 56, pled guilty to several counts of felony child molestation in December 2010.

He had been a daycare provider in Mammoth Lakes for at least 15 years prior to his arrest.