The County Attorney’s nationally-recognized Sex Crimes Bureau is responsible for prosecuting cases involving sexual abuse of children and adults, child prostitution, child pornography and computer-related sex crimes. Recognizing the highly sensitive nature of these offenses, attorneys in the Sex Crimes Bureau have undergone specialized training to meet the unique physical and emotional needs of victims of all ages.
In addition, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office contracts with medical professionals to provide the most sensitive and efficient examination of abuse victims. These professionals are available on a 24-hour basis and their services allow victims to avoid waiting long periods of time to be examined.
Sadly, many sex crimes go unreported. The key to reducing these offenses is reporting them. If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual assault, help is available through six local advocacy centers listed below, each of which has trained crisis counselors who can guide victims through the reporting process.
The County Attorney’s Office also offers two downloadable brochures on sexual offenses. The Sexual Assault brochure addresses what to do after an assault and where to get assistance; the Sex Offender Notification for Neighborhoods and Communities brochure discusses Arizona’s sex offender notification system.
“Exonerated” Sex Offender Indicted on New Child Pornography Charges
A suspected rapist whose conviction was reversed in 2010 after a legal challenge by the Arizona Justice Project now faces ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Michael Dean Ross Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Child Sexual Exploitation
A man who used Facebook to lure and sexually exploit underage victims will spend 24 years in prison and will not be eligible for early release under any circumstances.
John Landrum Jr. Sentenced to 170 Year Prison Term for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
A man found with numerous images and videos on his computer depicting child pornography has been sentenced to a 170-year prison term after a jury found him guilty on ten counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.