Pinal County teen arrested, suspected of child molestation

2014-04-30T08:30:00Z 2014-04-30T08:34:15Z Pinal County teen arrested, suspected of child molestationKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 30, 2014 8:30 am  • 

An 18-year-old Pinal County man faces multiple counts of child molestation in connection with an assault on a 14-year-old girl.

A Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol was flagged down March 29 by a San Tan Valley man who “reported he was on his way to confront a family friend who had just sexually assaulted his daughter,” Sgt. Pat Ramirez, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said in a news release.

The man and his children were taken to the sheriff’s office for an interview, which revealed the suspect, Shaquawn Gamet, 18, of San Tan Valley, had gone to the victim’s home for a visit.

“During the visit Shaquawn had sexually abused the victim in two separate locations inside the residence,” Ramirez said. “After being questioned by one of the victim’s family members, Shaquawn denied any sexual encounter occurred between him and the victim. He then left the residence.

“After this was reported to the victim’s father, the victim confirmed the sexual contact had in fact occurred.”

In an interview with sheriff’s investigators, Gamet “admitted to all allegations against him,” Ramirez said.

Gamet was booked into the Pinal County jail April 14, and faces six counts each of sexual contact with a minor and child molestation.

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