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Voyles: Mesa man who claims “the spirit” told him to sexually assault his step-daughter receives maximum sentence
 
Date: 8/2/2013
    
Voyles:  Mesa man who claims “the spirit” told him to sexually assault his step-daughter receives maximum sentence
Voyles:  Mesa man who claims “the spirit” told him to sexually assault his step-daughter receives maximum sentence
 
FLORENCE, AZ (8/2/13) – On Monday, Gabriel Soza received the maximum sentence of 27 years in prison and two consecutive lifetime terms of probation after pleading 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, all considered dangerous crimes against children.
 
The acts of sexual conduct with the minor were brought to light after a family member discovered the victim’s journal, where she wrote of the incidents.  After speaking with the victim, police picked up Soza on March 28, 2012 to interview him regarding the allegations.
 
Soza was initially hesitant to speak with investigators regarding the incidents believing them to be a spiritual matter.  He eventually explained, however, he was shown or instructed through spiritual promptings that he needed to perform sexual acts with his step-daughter to end her sexual behavior with boys and to prevent her from getting pregnant at a young age.  Soza was subsequently arrested and held non-bondable.
 
On May 3, 2013, Soza plead guilty and a sentencing hearing held before Honorable Judge Gooday occurred on Monday.
 
Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said, “Soza disgracefully manipulated religion and attempted to deflect his own responsibility by blaming his actions on some higher power of influence.  He stated he feared man’s law judging him for his actions and in the end, he plead guilty for these heinous crimes and received the maximum sentence of 27 years in prison and lifetime probation, which seems preferable to what he will receive in time."  Voyles continued, thanking the work of his attorneys in securing the conviction and expressed his appreciation to Judge Gooday for the appropriate sentencing.
 
For more information, contact Jim Knupp at 520.866.6573 or by email at jim.knupp@pinalcountyaz.gov.
 
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