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Mesa man sentenced to 12 years for sexually assaulting 2 babysitters

Dion Earl (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — A Mesa resident and former owner of an indoor soccer team in Seattle was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday for sexually assaulting two babysitters in separate 2017 incidents.

In August, 47-year-old Dion Earl was convicted of sexual abuse, public sexual indecency and two counts each of kidnapping and assault in Maricopa County Superior Court.

“This office is committed to seeking justice for victims and holding defendants who prey on and terrorize young women fully accountable for their crimes,” Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said in a press release after the sentencing.

Both cases involved adult women, an 18-year-old and a 21-year-old, who’d been hired to babysit Earl’s daughters at his Mesa home.

Authorities say the women didn’t know each other and came forward with their allegations at different times.

One incident occurred in September 2017, and the other occurred a month later. Earl was arrested in October 2017.

He still faces a second-degree rape charge in Seattle over a 2009 case that was reopened after his arrest in Arizona.

Earl played soccer professionally in Seattle and was owner of the short-lived Seattle Impact indoor soccer team.

In 2014, two members of the Impact’s dance team accused Earl of sexual assault. The criminal case was dropped, but the dancers were part of a successful lawsuit for nearly $1 million.

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