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Menlo Park photographer sentenced to 165 years to life for child molestation

Randolph Michael Haldeman received 11 separate sentences
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Menlo Park photographer who used his access to children to molest several of them over the last 30 years has been sentenced to 165 years to life in prison for his crimes, San Mateo District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe said on Wednesday.

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Menlo Park photographer Randolph Michael Haldeman was sentenced to 165 years to life in prison for child molestation charges. . Courtesy San Mateo County Sheriff

Randolph Michael Haldeman, 61, was given 11 separate 15-years-to-life sentences for molesting children in his home, at the Ladera Community Swimming Pool and at St. Denis Church in Menlo Park in what Wagstaffe described as an "emotional" sentencing hearing on Tuesday.

Haldeman was charged with lewd and lascivious acts with children including oral copulation, sodomy, and arranging to meet with minors with the intent to commit lewd or lascivious actions. He was found guilty in May 2021 of 15 of 19 felony counts.

Due to the multiplicity of victims, Haldeman faced and received life in prison. Haldeman was involved with the community swimming pool as a photographer and claimed to have been connected to the Big Brother program. He would befriend children and their families through these programs, the DA said.