Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Dad gets 10 years for sexually abusing 11-year-old daughter (Flagstaff, Arizona)


Father gets 10 years in prison for sex with daughter

12 hours ago • ERIC BETZ Sun Staff Reporter

A Flagstaff father will spend 10 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing his 11-year-old daughter.

The 40-year-old man took a plea deal to one count of continuous sexual abuse with a child, a class 2 felony and dangerous crime against a child.

"The state can prove it and the plea was offered merely to avoid putting the victim through trial," said Jonathan Mosher, senior trial deputy for the Coconino County Attorney's Office. He added that the victim had been severely traumatized by what happened to her and said the girl's mother, as well as prosecutors, did not want to hinder the victim's psychological recovery.

The charges came when the girl told school counselors that her father had been molesting her. Through interviews, investigators found enough evidence to arrest the man.

Additional evidence was seized in a search warrant served on the man's house.

Coconino County Superior Court Division 2 Judge Dan Slayton gave the man the presumptive sentence of 10 years. The man's attorney had asked for a mitigated sentence and said his client has significant family support and no felony criminal history.

Slayton's sentencing also requires that the man register as a sex offender for the rest of his natural life. 

The defendant's name has been withheld from this story to protect the privacy of his daughter.