A former sex offender counselor who had sex with a 13-year-old girl as she slept was sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court on Friday to 35 years in prison.
William Lewis Riedel, 46, a former sex offender counselor in Mesa, had pleaded guilty to four counts of sexually-related offenses with a minor and unlawful administration of a narcotic drug, according to information from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
From January 2006 to June 2006, Riedel and the victim's mother, who was his former girlfriend, gave the girl sleeping pills so he could engage in sex acts with her while she slept and her mother photographed his actions. The pictures her mother took and thousands of images relating to commercial child pornography later were discovered in January 2008 on Riedel's home computer by a classmate of the girl, whose mother was living with Riedel at the time, according to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.
The girl's mother also pleaded guilty to similar charges and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in November.
Both Riedel and the victim's mother will be placed on lifetime probation after they are released from prison, according to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.