Phoenix man gets prison in foster kids abuse case

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Steve Holland By Jennifer Thomas Steve Holland By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix man accused of abusing foster children has been sentenced to an aggravated term of 15 years in prison.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 54-year-old Steven Holland also was sentenced Thursday to lifetime probation.

Holland and his 57-year-old wife were arrested in October 2012.

Phoenix police say the Hollands were foster parents to approximately 15 children ranging in age from 4 to 17 between 2005 and 2011.

Authorities say Steven Holland allegedly sexually abused seven of the children over a six-year span and his wife did nothing to stop it.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted child molestation, sexual abuse and furnishing obscene materials.

Alma Holland previously was sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to two counts of child abuse.

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