COOLIDGE — A 32-year-old Coolidge woman has accepted a plea deal after being charged with sexually assaulting a child under 14 between August 2018 and January 2019.

Rebecca Scherri Lopez was initially charged by a grand jury with four counts of sexual conduct with a minor on Jan. 17, 2019.

The offenses allegedly took place between 2012 and 2018, according to court records.

According to a statement from the Coolidge Police Department, a 14-year-old child told authorities in 2018 Lopez allegedly forced them to perform sexual acts.

CPD said a search of the suspect’s home turned up a sex toy that was described by the child in interviews with investigators.

On Feb. 14, Lopez accepted a plea agreement with state prosecutors allowing her to enter guilty pleas to two counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, lowering the charges from Class 2 offenses down to Class 3 felonies.

The charges carry a presumptive sentence of 10 years in prison, with a sentencing range of five to 15 years. She must also register as a sex offender.

In the new agreement, Lopez agreed to serve 11 years in prison and the remainder of her life on supervised probation.

She is held in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center without the possibility of bond and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 20 by Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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