Man convicted of sexually abusing teen in Mesa

Posted at 5:02 PM, May 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-10 20:05:26-04

A man accused of attacking the teenage daughter of his ex-girlfriend in Mesa has been convicted of kidnapping, sexual abuse, burglary and child abuse.

Maricopa County Superior Court jurors on Tuesday acquitted Pablo Diaz-Martinez on a charge of child molestation.

A status conference on his sentencing is scheduled for June 15.

Prosecutors say Diaz-Martinez attacked the then 13-year-old girl in December 2014.

Her mother was at work and the girl testified she was getting ready for school when she saw Diaz-Martinez inside her home.

The girl says Diaz-Martinez blamed her for his failed relationship with her mother and then beat and sexually molested her.

She escaped by jumping out the bedroom window and running to a neighbor for help.

Diaz-Martinez was arrested later by Nogales police near the U.S.-Mexico border.