- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - A Casa Grande man has been sentenced to 57 years in prison for sexually assaulting a girl for four years, starting when she was 13.

Pinal County prosecutors say 34-year-old Juan Gabriel Ramirez had been convicted by a jury on multiple felony counts, including molestation of a child and sexual conduct with a minor.

The say the victim’s mother first reported the crime to Casa Grande police in 2009.

While investigating, detectives discovered that Ramirez was already in prison on unrelated charges.

Authorities say Ramirez was arrested in 2014 when he went to the girl’s home to apologize to her.

They say the victim’s mother recorded the exchange on her cellphone, including Ramirez admitting to abusing her daughter.

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