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Phoenix-area ROTC instructor accused of sex with teen

GILBERT, Ariz. — Authorities said an instructor with the Army Junior ROTC
program at Gilbert’s Highland High School is accused of sexual conduct with a

Gilbert police said 41-year-old Joseph Stephenson was taken into custody Monday
and booked into the downtown Phoenix jail.

He’s being held on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor.

Police said Stephenson is accused of having had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old
female student, but didn’t release any information on when it is said to have happened.

It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday how long Stephenson has been a Reserve
Officer Training Corps program instructor at the school or if he has a lawyer
yet for his case.


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