San Tan Valley man gets 5 life sentences for child sex crimes

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Job Anthony Sanchez By Jennifer Thomas Job Anthony Sanchez By Jennifer Thomas

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -- A San Tan Valley man was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for molesting and sexually abusing a young girl.

Job Anthony Sanchez, 37, was arrested in March 2012 after the mother of a 10-year-old contacted the Pinal County Sheriff's Office and reported that her daughter and been inappropriately touched by a family friend.

During forensic interviews, the victim said she had been sexually abused by Sanchez for several years.

Authorities served a search warrant at Sanchez's home and recovered numerous items, including videotapes and digital media of Sanchez molesting and sexually abusing the victim.

Sanchez was indicted on 18 charges of child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor and exploitation of a minor.

He was convicted on all counts.

Last week, the Pinal County Superior Court sentenced Sanchez to five consecutive life sentences with an additional 181 years.

He has no possibility of parole, according to Pinal County authorities.

"Mr. Sanchez used his relationship with the victim's family and betrayed that trust and forcibly sexually assaulted this young female victim," Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a news release. "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."