Former DES manager convicted of multiple child sex crimes

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Posted at 2:18 PM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 17:18:31-04

PHOENIX — A former manager with the Arizona Department of Economic Security has been convicted for child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor.

Leon Hines Jr., 40, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 4.

Last month, a Maricopa County Superior Court jury convicted him of 11 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, three counts of sexual abuse, one count each of kidnapping, furnishing obscene material to children, and child molestation. Court records show a total of five victims all under 12-years of age.

On March 12, 2018, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested Hines at the DES office near Central Avenue and Roeser Road.

At the time of his arrest, Hines listed his employment as a manager with DES, having worked there the past 17 years.