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PCSO: Family 'friend' accused of molesting daughter, 4

Zachary Johns of Mesa is accused of molesting the daughter of friends while living at their home in Pinal County. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office) Zachary Johns of Mesa is accused of molesting the daughter of friends while living at their home in Pinal County. (Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office)
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FLORENCE, AZ (CBS5) -

A 30-year-old Mesa man considered a family friend and suspected of child molestation blamed prescription drugs and alcohol for the incident.

The child's mother accused Zachary Johns of molesting her 4-year-old daughter sometime between July and December, a Pinal County Sheriff's Office spokesman said in a news release. She called deputies on March 17, the spokesman said.

She told deputies that Johns was a friend living with their family near San Tan Valley, and that her daughter recently told the parents that she and Johns showered together, that he kissed her and had her perform a sex act, the spokesman said.

Detectives began their investigation and said the girl was consistent with the allegations during an interview, the spokesman said.

Deputies arrested Johns on Monday and he told them he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, the spokesman said.

He was booked into the Pinal County jail on a charge of child molestation.

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