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Green Room bar closed following owner's arrest on child sex abuse charges

The sign above what used to be the Green Room bar on Chester Avenue in Bakersfield, Calif., was removed Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2017, as the owner faces criminal sex charges. (KBAK/KBFX photo) 

The Green Room, a downtown bar, was closed Tuesday after news of criminal charges filed against the owner.

Frank Sanchez is accused of four felonies tied to alleged child molestation. If convicted, Sanchez would spend the rest of his life in prison.

A 20-year-old woman reported Sanchez began using her for sex as a small child during a time in which he dated her mother. She said the sexual contact continued for years.

Police said they have a recorded pretext phone call in which the alleged victim and her mother speak with Sanchez about the crimes.

Police said Sanchez waived his Miranda rights at the time of his arrest and confessed to having had sex with the woman when she was as young as 7.

The sign above the Green Room was removed Tuesday, and a sign observed Wednesday indicates the liquor license has been suspended. People working inside the former bar said Wednesday they were trying to do the right thing in hopes that the community would heal.

Neighboring business owners interviewed by Eyewitness News all relayed their shock about the charges.

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