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Posted by Phoenix Sex Crimes Attorney Nick Alcock:

A man who pleaded guilty to child molestation was sentenced to 31.5 years in prison and lifetime probation on Tuesday. The sentence against 39-year-old Aaron Stackhouse was handed down Tuesday by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dawn Bergin. Stackhouse was accused of molesting four children numerous times over a 17-year period. Originally charged with 48 counts, Stackhouse ended up pleading guilty to two counts of child molestation and two counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

Detectives said the abuse dated back to 1994 and all of the victims were around the age of 8 at the time. The victims include an eight-year-old girl, a now 24-year-old girl who was eight at the time of the molestation, a now 23-year-old boy who was eight at the time of the molestation and a now 17-year-old boy who was seven at the time of the molestation.

The eight-year-old girl is the most recent victim and the daughter of one of the previous victims. According to Phoenix police, that victim did not have any knowledge that Stackhouse was molesting the child. She told her mother that Stackhouse, a “family friend,” had been sexually abusing her since October. The girl’s mother finally called police after having been abused at the hands of Stackhouse herself.

The abuse is considerably graphic. Reports state it includes oral, vaginal, and anal sex with the young girl. In one case, while under a blanket on a couch as the girl’s aunt and uncle were in the room, Stackhouse had vaginal sex with the girl. In another instance, Stackhouse showed the children pornography and tried to get a male victim to have sex with his sister before sexually abusing him. The girl’s family members, police say, were not aware of the abuse of the 8-year-old.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Stackhouse had abused the girl’s mother and two uncles starting when they were about 8 years old. They are now each in their mid-20s. In a confrontation call with the girl’s mother, also a victim, Stackhouse said he regretted abusing the children. He said he didn’t know why he did it. However, he didn’t want to get into detail over the phone because someone might be listening in and use the information against him.

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