|Ex-Church Worker Convicted of 28 Sex Charges
Man, 34, Faces Possible 500-Year Prison Term
KPHO-TV - NEWS5
January 9, 2008
PHOENIX — A former church youth worker has been found guilty of 28 counts of sexual abuse involving three boys over a five-year-period, County Attorney Andrew Thomas said on Wednesday.
James Downs, 34, and all three victims attended New Destiny Christian Church in Laveen, Thomas said.
Downs was indicted on Dec. 13, 2006, following his arrest on Sept. 15, 2006.
Downs was convicted on Tuesday of:
"By committing these horrid crimes, this defendant grossly violated the trust he was given," Thomas said. "I am hopeful that these convictions, and the fact that this offender never again will be able to harm a child, can bring greater peace and healing to all involved."
Thomas said all of the convictions for counts of sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15 must be consecutive to each other. That means the minimum sentence on those counts alone would be more than 500 years.
Sentencing is set for Feb. 8.
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