Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Susan Brock Pleads Guilty To Three Counts Of Attempted Sexual Conduct With A Minor In Arizona; Sentencing Scheduled For March 16th

Update April 7th, 2011: Susan Brock was sentenced to 13 years in prison, and after release, will be placed on lifetime probation and be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. Updated post HERE.

Susan Brock, the estranged wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock who was indicted on 15 different charges relating to the sexual abuse of a minor, has reached a deal in which she has pleaded guilty to three of the charges. Brock was accused of picking the unidentified boy up from his home or school, and committing as many as 30 sexual acts in her car, her home, her mother's home and secluded areas of the city. The acts included masturbatory conduct and oral sex; no intercourse took place. Stories published by the Phoenix New Times and the Arizona Republic.

All previous posts on this case available HERE, with the most recent post appearing first. KSAZ Channel 10 news video embedded below:

Susan Brock's Plea Agreement Explained:

Brock pleaded guilty on Monday January 24th to three counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor after a settlement conference before Pinal County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Hank Gooday. She will be sentenced on one of the three counts on March 16th; the sentence could vary from seven to 15 years in prison; the presumptive sentence is 10 years. The plea agreement stipulates that the sentence for the other two counts will be lifetime probation; in addition, Brock will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life, use her computer only for business purposes, and pay up to $1 million in Chandler Police Department expenses.

But there were other casualties besides the minor:

-- The Brocks' marriage is on the rocks
-- Fulton Brock's political ambitions have been blunted
-- A friend of Susan's, Christian Weems, is facing charges of trying to destroy evidence

In addition, Susan Brock's daughter Rachel was accused of independently molesting the same boy, but was released on her own recognizance without being charged due to insufficient evidence.

Because Susan Brock is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, her plea agreement constitutes an admission of adultery. This means the way is open for local Church leaders to initiate a disciplinary court. Because it also involved a sexual act with a child, excommunication is the most likely penalty. The public will not know about it unless Brock discloses it, because the LDS Church does not normally disclose Church discipline publicly of its own volition.

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