Coolidge city employee accused of molesting girl

FLORENCE, AZ - A Coolidge city employee was arrested Thursday on suspicion of molesting a 19-year-old female numerous times over the past 10 years.

The victim disclosed to one of her friends that she’s been molested by a male family acquaintance repeatedly since she was 9 years old and the friend alerted the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, according to PCSO.   

The suspect, who lives in Florence, attempted to sexually assault the victim again this month but she refused, PCSO said. 

During the course of the investigation the mother of the victim confronted the suspect regarding the allegations and threatened to shoot him, and the suspect acknowledged that she would be justified to do so, PCSO said.  

The victim stated she didn’t come forward with the information earlier because she felt nobody would believe her.

The 51-year-old suspect was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail for child molestation, sexual abuse and sexual conduct with a minor. 

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