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Habitual sex offender pleads guilty, faces 20 to 35 years

Marc Anthony Sandoval

Marc Anthony Sandoval

KINGMAN – A man with a history of committing sex crimes against children pleaded guilty Tuesday in Mohave County Superior Court to two child molestation charges and an attempted child molestation charge.

Marc Anthony Sandoval, who was facing more than 200 years behind bars, struck a plea bargain in exchange for prosecutors dropping nearly 30 other charges involving minors. Judge Billy Sipe presided over the case.

Sandoval faces 20 to 35 years in prison and will be sentenced Jan. 10.

The 45-year-old Kingman resident was arrested Aug. 12, 2015, after Mohave County Sheriff’s detectives searched his home in the 1400 block of Devlin Avenue. At the time he was charged with 10 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

A woman advised detectives that Sandoval kissed her 8-year-old granddaughter July 28, 2015, according to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Trish Carter.

Carter said detectives found evidence that Sandoval possessed images of child pornography on his electronic devices.

Sandoval was arrested July 31 after detectives investigating the alleged kissing incident discovered he was not in compliance with laws involving Tier 1 sex offenders.

He was convicted of attempted sexual conduct with a minor in Mohave County in 1998 and served five years on a seven-year sentence, according to prison records.

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