San Tan Valley child molester gets 24 years in prison

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Robert Arthur Guy By Jennifer Thomas Robert Arthur Guy By Jennifer Thomas

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- A San Tan Valley man convicted of child molestation has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.
 
Robert Arthur Guy Jr., 36, was sentenced Thursday morning after pleading guilty to child molestation and attempted molestation of a child.

The sentence carries a term of 24 years in prison with no possibility of early release, followed by lifetime probation. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.
 
Guy was arrested March 7 after he arrived at a location where he believed he was meeting a 14-year-old girl with whom he had sexual contact twice in February, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives set up the sting after the teen's father read text messages from Guy on his daughter's phone.
 
The investigation revealed more than 2,000 pages of text messages used to lure and groom the teenage victim, as well as attempts to lure a second 12-year-old female into similar conduct.