Chandler Sunday school teacher molested girls, gets 35 years

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CHANDLER -- The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Terence Greenwood, 63 (DOB 6/12/45), has been sentenced to 35 years in prison and three counts of lifetime probation.

Greenwood had pled guilty to charges related to the sexual molestation of young children who were under his care during Sunday school sessions at a Chandler church.

Additional instances of abuse occurred at his home. The sentence was issued on September 24, 2008 in the courtroom of Judge David K. Udall.

Greenwood pled guilty on August 21, 2008, to two counts of Molestation of a Child, class two felonies and dangerous crimes against children, and three counts of Attempted Molestation of a Child, class three felonies and dangerous crimes against children.

He received prison sentences of 18 years and 17 years for the molestation charges. They are to be served consecutively.

Chandler Police arrested Greenwood on December 21, 2007. He was originally indicted on December 31, 2007 on charges concerning the molestation of a five-year-old girl.

When a continuing investigation discovered additional underage female victims, a second indictment brought new charges on April 15, 2008, on behalf of four additional victims.

"This sentence effectively prevents the defendant from harming other young children for the rest of his life," said Thomas.

Deputy County Attorney John F. Beatty prosecuted the case.