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23-year-old Pinal County man sentenced to 40 years for multiple acts of child abuse
John Alvarez (Photo from Pinal County Sheriff's Office)

John Alvarez, who severely abused his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, was sentenced to 40 years of prison June 7, according to Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles.

Mr. Alvarez served as primary caregiver for the victim while the mother was at work and on Dec. 21, 2009, the 2-year-old’s lumbar spine to fracture and dislocate, according to a press release. When the child’s mother returned home from work that night, she took the child to an urgent care facility. The victim was later transported to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where, in addition to the spinal fracture and dislocation, doctors discovered he suffered 16 further fractures and additional serious, unspeakably painful internal injuries.

The Pinal County Attorney's Office charged Mr. Alvarez with one count of aggravated assault, a class 2 felony, dangerous crime against children, first degree; and one count of child abuse, a class 2 felony, dangerous crime against children, first degree.

Following a five-day jury trial in April, Mr. Alvarez was found guilty on both counts and on Friday, Judge Boyd T. Johnson sentenced Mr. Alvarez to 20 years of prison on each count, to run consecutively.

“Child abuse remains a far too frequent crime in Pinal County," Pinal County Attorney Voyles said in the release.

"Voiceless victims, such as children, require, deserve and will receive my tireless dedication ensuring justice for them and I will continue to work hard removing dangerous and violent offenders from our streets and neighborhoods.”

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