An Arizona man faces the possibility of up to five years in prison after prosecutors said he raped a minor and abused the child in a silver mine in Tucson.
According to a complaint filed in a federal court, Steven J. Jones Jr. of Phoenix sexually abused a minor in a Silver Peak Mine in 2014.
He was also arrested and charged with possession of child pornography, which is a federal felony.
Prosecutors said in court documents that Jones, who is also known as “Bunny Bunny,” repeatedly forced the victim to perform sexual acts on him.
The alleged victims told police Jones told them he was a “cultist” and told them they should not tell anyone about the abuse because “it will get them in trouble.”
Jones also told the girls they were a “little boy” and said “you’ll be okay” when they got older, according to the complaint.
The girl told police she was forced to perform oral sex on Jones while Jones was at work.
She said Jones said “he would make me do it all over again” if she didn’t.
The victim told police the abuse continued for two years, after which Jones moved out of the Silver Peak mine and returned to Arizona, according the complaint, which said he told her “it was not worth the effort.”
The complaint said Jones told her he would make her “feel like the devil” and “that if she said anything, he would get a bullet in her head.”
Jones was arrested in February.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said Friday it is investigating the allegations and will cooperate with the investigation.
The Associated Press is not naming the victim in the complaint because of her age.