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Sacramento Repeat Child Sex Offender Sentenced To Life

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Sacramento man with a history of sexual crime against children spanning multiple decades was sentenced to 595 years to life in prison on Friday in the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Tajmal Sharrieff, who also goes by Donald Lee McKay, was found guilty on seven counts of committing a lewd act on a child in early December of last year. The 58-year-old was sentenced to life following a level 4 Megan’s Law risk assessment classification and a long history of abuse towards women.

Sharrieff’s record of sexual crime began in 1982 when he was found guilty of the forcible rape and assault of two teenage victims in Sonoma County. In one instance, he approached a 13-year-old girl while wearing a mask. According to court documents, he dragged the girl down a driveway and threatened to kill her if she didn’t orally copulate him.

In the second case, Sharrieff choked a 19-year-old woman unconscious before raping her after she rejected his advances.

Tajmal Sharrieff (PHOTO: Megan’s Law)

Later, in 1986, a third effort by Sharrieff would be thwarted after a woman screamed as he entered her bedroom through the window as she slept. As a result of the commotion, Sharrieff fled the scene.

According to prosecutors, Sharrieff also sexually assaulted a seven-year-old boy on multiple occasions between 2007 and 2008. The boy, to whom Sharrieff was a family friend, gave a statement to law enforcement and testified at trial regarding his assault by Sharrieff around seven years later, when he was 15.

Sharrieff was sentenced in Department 10 before judge Ernest Sawtelle. He hasn’t yet been booked into the California prison system, according to public records.

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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