PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – Last month, Job Anthony Sanchez, 37-years-old, of San Tan Valley, was sentenced in the Pinal County Superior Court to five consecutive life sentences for 18 charges including Child Molestation, Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
On March 21st, 2012, the Pinal County Persons Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at the house of Job Sanchez in San Tan Valley. During the search, they recovered numerous items including video tapes and digital media that Sanchez made of him molesting and sexually abusing a child victim.
This case along with many others illustrates the level of commitment the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office places on investigating and arresting suspects who prey on children.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Internet Crimes against Children Task Force wants to remind parents and family members to be aware and participate in children’s internet usage and social media interactions to ensure their safety.
The Arizona Internet Crimes against Children Taskforce (AZICAC) has investigated over 30,000 complaints and arrested thousands of suspects since its inception in 1998. The detectives in the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Persons Crime Unit are among the agencies that participate in the AZICAC. Detectives with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Persons Crime Unit have been highly trained in cutting edge forensics and technology that aids in the fight to stop predators from exploiting children through the internet.
On June 6th, 2011, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 9-1-1 call from a juvenile victim. The victim reported that her “pimp” had beaten her up. The victim proceeded to tell deputies, that her “pimp” had hit her so she jumped out of the vehicle he was driving. The victim identified, Chad Walker, 28-years-old, of Buckeye, as the suspect that had arranged clients for her to meet through his escort service. Detectives executed a search warrant and obtained computers and phones. Those items were taken to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Computer Forensics Lab where detectives were able to retrieve valuable data that uncovered a prostitution ring involving juveniles. Chad Walker was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Sheriff Paul Babeu said, “The use of technology to target and victimize children by deviant predators is a crime of opportunity that we constantly need to combat. As social media and internet become more prevalent in the daily life of children, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and AZICAC will stay equipped with the latest tools to help protect children and track down the suspects and hold them accountable for their crimes
For more information on how to safeguard children from predators online, please visit www.azicac.org/html/Education.html