Possible Life Sentence For Child Molester

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A Payson man, convicted of molesting his granddaughter, faces a mandatory life sentence, Gila County Attorney Daisy Flores said.

Jim Calhoun, 70, found guilty of three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of child molestation, confessed his crimes to Payson police detectives after the girl, now 9 years old, reported the abuse.

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Jim Calhoun of Payson was found guilty of molesting his granddaughter in 2002.

"(The girl) was visiting her grandparents when it happened in 2002," Detective Matt Van Camp said.

Judge Edward Dawson will render Calhoun's fate April 4, 2006 in the Gila County Superior Court in Globe.

Calhoun could receive life in prison without parole.

Approximately 40 registered sex offenders live in Rim Country, said Van Camp.

Level 2 and 3 offenders pose the greatest civic threat, and per Arizona law, must notify neighborhoods, area schools, community groups and prospective employers. Likewise, Level 1 offenders adhere to more lenient notification guidelines.

If you suspect someone of sexual misconduct, contact Child Protective Services at (888) SOS-CHILD (888-767-2445).

For more information about sexual abuse, visit Arizona's sex offender Web site: az.gov/webapp/offender/main.do.

Sex offender statistics

  • Arizona has approximately 11,000 registered sex offenders
  • Ninety percent of child victims know their abusers
  • One in five girls and one in 10 boys are sexually exploited before they reach adulthood
  • Sexual assaults of juveniles peak at 8 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

-- from the Arizona Sex Offender InfoCenter

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