Susan Brock sentenced to 13 years in prison for sex crimes

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by Natalie Rivers and Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on April 6, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 8 at 9:17 AM

PHOENIX - The wife of Maricopa County Superivsor Fulton Brock was sentenced to 13 years in prison and lifetime probation for three counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

Prosecutors told Judge Robert Olson that Susan Brock is a "master of manipulation," who preyed on the teen's family's financial issues by showering him with lavish gifts and clothing.

The courtroom was lined with those items ranging from dozens of T-shirts to video game systems, stereos and toy guns.

Brock, 48, pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted sexual conduct with an underage boy last month. She was facing anywhere from seven to 15 years for the crimes.

Brock faced the judge Thursday, offering a tearful apology.

"I hope and pray every day that hearts will be healed, that somehow this can all be made right," Brock said.

Brock's mother, Charlene Shields, brother Jason Shields, and two of her daughters testified on her behalf. Supervisor Brock did not attend the hearing.

The vicitm's father also delivered a statement to the court, calling Brock a "monster" who used her money, influence and power to seduce the boy.

"She destroyed my son's innoncence," he said. "She subtantially decreased the likelihood that he will be able to have a normal life."

The victim's family said the teen has been enrolled in an out-of-state program getting much-needed therapy and support.

Prosecutors said the abuse started when the victim was 14 years old. The teen is the son of close family friends of the Brocks.

"Her goal was to take a little boy and mold him into her lover and as a result she damaged him in ways we will never know," said Pinal County prosecutor Jason Holmberg.

Holmberg played an audio recording of a confrontation call between the victim and Brock, taped by the police after the victim came forward. In it Brock told the teen not to tell anyone about what's gone on between them and said she is fearful her husband will divorce her if he finds out.

The defense called a psychologist to the stand, who testified Brock shows signs of post traumatic stress disorder and depressive behavior, and would not pose a risk to the community.

Brock will have to register as a sex offender.

Fulton Brock filed for divorce to end his 28-year marriage to his wife shortly after her arrest.

He released a statement after the sentencing, saying, "I support the decision of the court."

The couple have three daughters. One of them, Rachel Brock, 21, is also facing charges for molesting the same boy.
 

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