A Mesa man sentenced for having sex with an underage girl told police "the Spirit of God" had instructed him to do it, a probable cause statement said.
On Monday, Gabriel Soza, 36, received the maximum sentence of 27 years in prison and two consecutive lifetime terms of probation.
Soza pleaded guilty on May 3 to two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
The girl had suggested in her diary that she was being inappropriately touched, police said. A family member discovered the journal and called police.
Police contacted the girl at school and she confirmed the alleged sexual misconduct during a two-year period, according to court documents.
Soza had instructed the girl not to tell anyone because he would get in trouble, the probable cause statement said.
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