KINGMAN - A convicted sex offender faces 15 child molestation charges following an investigation by Mohave County Sheriff's detectives.
The case against Mark Anthony Sandoval, 44, began on July 28 when a Kingman family reported Sandoval allegedly kissed an 8-year-old girl. Detectives reportedly learned Sandoval had an unauthorized email account, which is a violation of sex offender registration guidelines, and arrested him on July 31. Sandoval bonded out of jail, but was arrested again on Aug. 12 and charged with 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly having images of child pornography on his electronic devices.
Detectives on that date obtained a search warrant and allegedly found the images at Sandoval's home in the 1400 block of Devlin Avenue.
With Sandoval in jail, detectives continued to investigate, according to a sheriff's office spokeswoman, and allegedly found multiple molestation victims, all between the ages of 4 and 10.
Detectives contacted Sandoval at the Mohave County fail and he was re-booked on the 15 molestation charges.
Sandoval was convicted of attempted sexual conduct with a minor in Mohave County in 1998 and served five years of a seven-year sentence, according to state prison records.
A conviction for child molestation carries a heavy sentence in Arizona, with a range of between 10 and 24 years and an average sentence of 17 years for first offenders.
Sandoval, however, has a previous conviction so he faces a term of 21 to 35 years if convicted. Furthermore, the law stipulates that each sentence run consecutively to the other, meaning Sandoval, if convicted on even two of the 15 charges against him, could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Convicted child molesters are ineligible for parole, earned time credit or any other possible sentence reduction.
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