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“Let me tell you something, my friend. Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane.” So said Red Redding to Andy Dufresne in that masterpiece, “The Shawshank Redemption.” If you have never seen the film, that is your immeasurable loss.
Former Tempe High School teacher Joel Calderon has plead guilty to three counts of attempted sexual conduct.
A Chandler man is accused of producing and distributing photos and videos showing the sexual abuse of a young child.
PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix man accused of killing and abusing his infant daughter has pleaded not guilty.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 39-year-old Duryea Dupri Bennett was arraigned Wednesday. His next court date is scheduled for Dec. 17.
Bennett was booked into jail on Oct. 9 on suspicion of first-degree murder and of child abuse.
Authorities received a 911 call the previous day that 1-month-old Natalyah Bennett wasn't breathing.
Phoenix police say paramedics noticed bruising on the baby and hospital personnel also found a skull fracture, broken ribs, bite marks and injuries consistent with a sexual assault.
They say the mother wasn't home and the father was alone with seven children ranging in age from 1 month old to 14 years old.
Police say none of the other children showed signs of abuse.
The Chandler Police Department has released information about a sex offender who recently moved to the city.
Jurors at the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias saw a series of gruesome photos that showed her ex-boyfriend's dead body crammed into a shower at his house — his throat slit.
PHOENIX (AP) — A prosecutor at the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias showed jurors two photos Tuesday of her ex-boyfriend and victim Travis Alexander.
One was an unremarkable picture of his face taken some time before his death. The other was a crime-scene photo showing his slit throat.
"She loved him so much that this is what she did to him," prosecutor Juan Martinez said in his opening statement, describing the gruesome suffering Arias inflicted on Alexander before his death in 2008.
"There are no mitigating circumstances in this case. None," Martinez said. "The only just punishment for this crime is death."
Arias has acknowledged killing Alexander but claimed it was self-defense after he attacked her. Prosecutors said it was premeditated murder carried out in a jealous rage after the victim wanted to end their affair and planned a trip to Mexico with another woman.
Defense attorney Kirk Nurmi said Tuesday that Arias was the victim of profound sexual humiliation by Alexander, and that she is mentally ill and a victim of child abuse.
He urged jurors to sentence her to life in prison, saying she is remorseful about killing the man who never acknowledged to others that she was his girlfriend.
"Jodi Arias was always the girl behind the closed door in the bedroom," Nurmi told jurors.
He suggested his client would testify during the proceedings expected to last until December.
"She will tell you how horrified she is that she killed the man she loved," Nurmi said.
Arias, sporting shoulder-length hair and wearing a beige blouse, often looked at the jury while her lawyer laid out his case. She turned away, however, as the prosecutor detailed the crime that included shooting Alexander in the head and stabbing him nearly 30 times.
Members of the Alexander and Arias families looked on from the front rows of the courtroom during the opening statements.
Jurors were shown naked photographs that Alexander and Arias took of each other shortly before Alexander was killed. Alexander's sister turned away from the images and wept as the photos were being shown.
Arias, a 34-year-old former waitress, was convicted of murder last year in the killing of Alexander at his suburban Phoenix home, Authorities said she slit his throat so deeply that she nearly decapitated him and left his body in his shower where friends found him after about five days.
Jurors couldn't agree on a sentence then. Prosecutors have one more chance with a new jury to secure the death penalty, If the jury fails to reach a unanimous decision, the judge will then sentence Arias to spend the rest of her life behind bars or to be eligible for release after 25 years.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens told the new jury that they had to accept the guilty verdict on the murder charge.
The start of the sentencing retrial was less of a spectacle than the initial case in early 2013, when onlookers from around the country traveled to Phoenix and lined up outside court for the trial that became a tabloid TV sensation. Still, some of the people who regularly attended the first trial were back in court Tuesday.
The tumultuous relationship of Arias and Alexander became a major part of the obsession with the case as intimate details of their time together were revealed in the courtroom.
The first trial was broadcast live, but Judge Stephens imposed restrictions on the sentencing retrial. Cameras are allowed at the retrial, but no footage can be broadcast until it's finished.
A prosecutor at the sentencing retrial of convicted murderer Jodi Arias showed jurors two photos Tuesday of her ex-boyfriend and victim Travis Alexander.
Jurors in Phoenix will once again be asked to decide whether Jodi Arias should be executed for the gruesome murder of her former boyfriend.
Q. Why are you running?
Two women who said they were raped by the same person at two different hotels in Mesa are suing the hotels that hired the person, alleging they did not conduct a background check on a known sex offender.
Recently someone asked me on my thoughts about the NFL players accused of physical abuse to their wives, children and, in one case, a fiancé that has been reported by every major news outlet around the world. I shared, “One who abuses another in any way, is a coward, period.”
Authorities say a 22-year-old man is behind bars after admitting to sexually abusing a woman at her apartment in Tempe.
While Chandler has received recognition as one of the safest municipalities of its size in the country, officials admit it can do more about the fight against domestic violence.
An Arizona State University student claims she was sexually assaulted on campus Tuesday night and ASU police are now asking for help.
As the fall semester at ASU is underway, there is new emphasis on campus about preventing sexual assault.
A Mesa doctor is under arrest for allegedly committing to incidents of sexual abuse with patients.
A Mesa preschool employee accused of child abuse after police found a 2-year-old girl restrained in a sleeping area has changed her plea to guilty.
A Mesa police officer faces charges after he allegedly engaged in sexual contact with two female victims and molested a child under the age of 15.
A Tucson man is going to get a second — and improved — chance to escape child molestation charges because the police department threw out a an audio tape of an interview with the victim.
A Tempe bar owner is accused of plying a young woman with drinks during a job interview and then groping her.
A 25-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly fondled females on two separate occasions at a Tempe mall.
A Chandler man accused of luring a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy to have sex has pleaded not guilty in the case.
“Our Father.” Only two words, and yet, if we learned to pray these words as Jesus instructed, our lives would be radically transformed. In Jesus’ day it was not uncommon to address God as Father; this wasn’t new. But Jesus made this way of speaking to and thinking about God, normative. “Father,” in Jesus’ view, should be the customary interpretation of God.
A Chandler man was arrested at his home and is accused of driving a 14-year-old boy from Massachusetts to Arizona and having sex with him, according to a police report.