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Man is sentenced to 151 years in sexual abuse of Gilbert girl

A  man described by prosecutors as a sexual predator was found guilty by jurors of sexually abusing a 13-year-old Gilbert girl and was sentenced Wednesday to more than 151 years in prison.

"This man needs to be warehoused," Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Suzanne Cohen said during the sentencing of Holcomb Leland Gunn, 49, who had sex-crime convictions in California and Utah.  "He never, ever needs to walk the streets again. He's not only a threat to children, he's a threat to adults."

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Crane McClennen imposed the maximum sentence, making Gunn's lengthy Arizona term consecutive to his 15-year sentence in Utah for forcible sex abuse.

In the Gilbert case, Gunn was found guilty of sexually abusing a neighbor's daughter. He told the girl he had a "thermal camera" and wanted to photograph her breasts to see if she had cancer.

He also was found guilty on six counts of sexual exploitation of minor, charges stemming from illicit photographs. Gilbert police arrested him Oct. 3 in Texas when he fled after being released on bond.

Jurors found Gunn guilty of all charges late Tuesday after 15 minutes of deliberation. The trial took two days.

"Thank God he can't hurt anyone else," the Gilbert girl's mother said. The Arizona Republic is withholding the girl's name because she is a sex-crimes victim.

McClennen listed emotional harm to the 13-year-old as an aggravating factor that led to Gunn's long sentence.

The victim "was very upset and felt stupid for allowing the defendant to do what he did to her," Cohen said.

Source: AZ


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