An Arizona horseback riding instructor convicted of child sex abuse will spend four-years in prison. Ralph Carr must also register as a sex offender and will serve a lifetime on probation.
Carr’s sentencing ends the nightmare for several girls after they began taking horseback riding lessons at Moonreach Ranch, in Peoria, more than a decade ago. Parents started reporting to authorities in 2002 that Carr inappropriately touched their pre-teen daughters during their lessons.
Once the case hit the press, additional victims came forward. Two trials ended in hung juries, but a third jury in late 2015 found him guilty of all 14 counts of sexual abuse.
“The victims in this case have waited a long time for justice,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a prepared statement.
During the sentencing hearing, one victim said she thought she could bear the abuse because of her love for the horses.
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