Man gets prison after spirits tell him to have sexual contact with step-daughter

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Gabriel Soza By Andrew Michalscheck Gabriel Soza By Andrew Michalscheck

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- A Pinal County man will be spending decades behind bars for engaging in sexual conduct with his step-daughter.

On Monday, Gabriel Soza was sentenced to 27 years in prison and two consecutive lifetime terms of probation.

Soza’s actions were discovered when a family member came across his step-daughter’s journal, in which she detailed their encounters.

Police picked up Soza in March of last year, at which time he was hesitant to speak of the allegations because he felt they were a spiritual matter.

Soza would eventually tell investigators that he was prompted spiritually to perform sexual acts on his step-daughter in order to end her sexual behavior with boys and to keep her from getting pregnant at a young age.

“Soza disgracefully manipulated religion and attempted to deflect his own responsibility by blaming his actions on some higher power of influence,” said Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles.

This past May, Soza pleaded guilty to one class 2 felony count of sexual conduct with a minor and two class 3 felony counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.