A 55-year-old man has been convicted by a Shasta County jury of molesting two young children in Happy Valley. John Gene Molea was already a registered sex offender with prior convictions for lewd and lascivious acts against children when he moved to Happy Valley from Alameda County in 2011. He soon befriended a brother and sister, both under the age of 14, while attending a Happy Valley church. Soon after gaining the trust of their family, Molea began violating the children. When he moved, he failed to register his new address, prompting Shasta County Sheriff's Detectives to serve a search warrant at his home in November of 2011. He was placed under arrest, and further investigation led detectives to add new charges of lewd and lascivious acts against the two children. A jury trial started May 9th and the jury began deliberating Tuesday. When he's sentenced on July 29th, he'll likely be sent to prison for the rest of his life.