An Arizona man was arrested Tuesday on sexual assault charges after his roommate’s 6-year-old daughter tested positive for a Sexually Transmitted Disease according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO).
Authorities said a Queen Clerk urgent care clinic contacted the PCSO on Nov. 14 after the unidentified child tested positive for an undisclosed STD. The child told authorities that her father’s roommate, 26-year-old Jacob Sullivan, had sexually assaulted her.
The investigation led to a warrant for Sullivan’s arrest on Dec. 20. PSCO officers arrested Sullivan on the morning of Dec. 21 in North Peoria and he is currently in the custody of the Pinal County Jail on three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and a $103,343 bond.
Under Arizona law, if a suspect is convicted of engaging in sexual acts with a child under the age of 12 they face a prison sentence of 20 years to life. A conviction will also require the convicted to register as a Sex Offender.
“Getting this sexual predator off the streets was our number one priority,” PSCO Sheriff Mark Lamb said. “I am pleased with our Detectives for making quick work of this suspect. I pray that the victim of this case finds comfort and healing. We stand with her and all victims of abuse. We are here for you.”
The sheriff’s office released footage of three deputies taking a handcuffed Sullivan to the county jail. The suspect has light brown hair and a tattoo on his right arm and the back of his neck.
Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, discovered a 210% increase in child sexual assault cases during school closures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In March of 2020, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), reported a 10% in the number of minors contacting their hotline.