Sidney J. Cowger (PCSO photo)

A 36-year-old Maricopa man was sentenced Dec. 21 for sexually molesting a young child.

Sidney Cowger was sentence to 27 years after pleading guilty to sexual conduct with a 10-year-old minor and attempted child molestation.

Cowger was arrested July 16 after the 10-year-old child described details of interactions. The child’s mother had contacted police July 15 with information she had learned from the child.

The child was taken to ChildHelp in Phoenix for a forensic interview and examination. A Maricopa Police detective attended the interview.

The child identified several places in Pinal County where sexual abuse allegedly occurred.

Cowger was arrested July 16 at his place of work in Stanfield.

Cowger was released from the Arizona Department of Corrections in 2014 after serving time for vehicle theft, possessing drug paraphernalia and promoting prison contraband.

Pinal County Superior Court Judge Jason Holmberg ordered he serve the full 27 years of the sentence, but he was credited for time served in the county jail.

He will also be placed on probation for life after prison and must register as a sex offender.