Pinal County man gets life sentence for sexually abusing 2 minor - Tucson News Now

Pinal County man gets life sentence for sexually abusing 2 minors

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Jorge Molina (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Jorge Molina (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A San Tan Valley man was sentenced on May 12 to life in prison for sexually related charges against two minors, this is according to a release from the Pinal County Attorney's Office.

Jorge Molina will not be eligible for parole for 89 years, said the release.  He was found guilty after a three day trial in April; a jury deliberated for 20 minutes before returning a guilty verdict on two counts of child molestation with a child under the age of 15 and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15. 

The Pinal County Sheriff's Office began its investigation after receiving a call about a potential child abuse case in January 2013.  According to the release two minors, a 5 year-old and an 8-year-old told an adult about inappropriate behavior, it was this adult who then called PCSO.

Interviews conducted by the Pinal County Attorney's Office determined that the children had been abused by Molina over a one year period, while their mother was at work.  In February 2013, Molina was arrested and charged on all four counts. 

According to the release he will face 17 years each for a 34 year total on the first two counts, 20 years for the third count and life with the possibility of parole after35 years for the fourth count. 

Typically a conviction of sexual conduct with a minor under 15 years old carries a mandatory life sentence, according to the Pinal County Attorney's Office, due to the nature of one of the sexual conduct convictions, sentencing guidelines only mandated one life sentence be imposed.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles stated, "My office began by believing in these five- and eight-year-old little girls and, with this defendant's prison sentence, neither they nor any other child need to live their lives in fear of him. From the beginning of this case, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and the Pinal County Attorney's Family Advocacy Center (Eloy) worked together to develop a strong case, based on evidence and belief in the victims."

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