A man who absconded while on probation for child molestation was sentenced to 4½ years in prison.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Christopher Browning sentenced Jereal Turner Monday following guilty pleas in two separate cases.

Turner, 27, was on probation and living in a halfway house in August when he removed a monitoring device attached to his ankle and had an unauthorized visit with his wife.

“It seems that Mr. Turner wants to do probation on his own terms,” Deputy Pima County Attorney Ryan Schmidt said.

Turner’s attorney, Nicki DiCampli, said her client was experiencing difficulties with the forced separation from his wife required by his probation.

DiCampli also argued that Turner struggled with the treatment he received in the Pima County jail after he was arrested for probation violations.

She said convicted sex offenders can receive poor treatment from fellow inmates and corrections staff.

Turner pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault on a peace officer for an altercation he had with an officer while in the jail.

He also pleaded guilty to failure to notify probation of an address change and interfering with a monitoring device.

Turner had been convicted of molesting a 6-year-old girl in 2007. He served five years in prison and was on probation in the case.

After his release, Turner will serve lifetime probation for the molestation conviction.

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