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Cherish Arroyo Had Sex With Son's 16-Year-Old Football Teammate Because She Was "Lonesome"

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Litchfield Park resident Cherish Arroyo, 35, was arrested yesterday after police say she had sex with a 16-year-old boy. The boy, it turns out, is a teammate of Arroyo's son on the Copper Canyon High School football team.

Arroyo currently serves as treasurer of the team's booster club.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the boy's parents contacted authorities earlier this month after they found "inappropriate communications" between Arroyo and their son on his Facebook account.

The boy's parents confronted him about the messages, and he eventually admitted to having oral sex with Arroyo. He also told his parents he and Arroyo had actual intercourse on three separate occasions.

The victim, now 17, was 16 when he says he and Arroyo had sex.

Arroyo was arrested at her home where she lives with her husband and two children, each of whom attend Copper Canyon High School with the victim. The home is also the scene of the alleged crime -- the MCSO says Arroyo and the boy had sex in the home that Arroyo shares with her children and husband.

Once in custody, Arroyo admitted to bedding the boy, saying she did so because she was "lonesome."

At first glance, the story bears a striking resemblance to the case of Susan Brock, the devoutly Mormon mother of three and wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock, who is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a teenage friend of the family for three years, starting when the boy was 14. Her daughter, Rachel, is awaiting sentencing for sexually abusing the same boy. See our feature on the Brock family circus here.

Arroyo was booked on six counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

The MCSO suspects there may be other victims. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 602-876-1087.

We've requested Arroyo's arrest report. Check back later for all the details.

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