A 37-year-old San Tan Valley man was sentenced Friday to five consecutive life sentences, plus 181 years without the chance of parole, for molesting a 10-year-old girl.
A jury found Job Anthony Sanchez guilty in January of 18 counts related to the abuse. According to public records, Sanchez began sexually abusing the victim when she was 9 and abused her for over a year until the victim disclosed the abuse.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was contacted a year ago by the child’s mother, who reported her daughter had been inappropriately touched by a family friend.
The Pinal County Persons Crime Division did a search warrant on the Sanchez residence and recovered numerous items including videotapes and digital media that Sanchez made of himself molesting and sexually abusing the victim, according to the sheriff’s department.
In January, a jury found Sanchez guilty of three counts of sexual abuse, one count of child molestation, seven counts of sexual conduct with a minor, and seven counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. After being convicted on all 18 counts, Sanchez faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 281 years. He will spend the rest of his life in state prison.
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles released the following statement: “The Pinal County Attorney’s Office reviewed approximately 65 sexual assault cases last year and we already received approximately 15 since January of this year. I believe the sentencing in this case sends a strong, clear message to potential sexual offenders in Pinal County.”
Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “Mr. Sanchez used his relationship with the victim’s family and betrayed that trust and forcibly sexually assaulted this young female victim. The overwhelming majority of child sexual abuse victims are abused by someone they know and trust, a person most parents would never suspect.
“It is important adults with children encourage their children to know they can talk with them about anything. If you suspect a child has been sexually abused, report it immediately to law enforcement,” the sheriff said.