When she was sentenced to 13 years in prison Thursday, Susan Brock expressed sorrow and regret for her sexual relationship with a Chandler boy.
"I would like to apologize to the victim and his family for the pain I've caused them," said the 49-year-old wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock. "I have fasted and prayed for many days, asking for forgiveness. I have offended everyone I love and I know I need to take responsibility for my actions."
An expert who has worked on national cases such as the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colo., and the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case told the Tribune on Friday that it is common for someone to appear remorseful in court - but it can be hard to tell whether it's remorse for the victim or for oneself over their circumstances en route to prison.
"Obviously, she took steps to be able to engage in a series of goal-directed behaviors by generating a plan and taking steps necessary to achieve her goal," said Dr. Erin Nelson, a Scottsdale-based forensic psychologist.
Susan Brock was arrested in October and pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor in January.
Whether her remorse is genuine or selfish, two families have been destroyed. Not long after Susan Brock was arrested, Fulton Brock filed for divorce from his wife. Upon hearing of her 13-year prison sentence Thursday, the county supervisor said only: "I support the decision of the court."
The victim now is undergoing counseling, is depressed and attending school out-of-state, according to information released in court on Thursday.
Nelson said his recovery will be difficult.
"The boy is a victim of a sexual offense, and for his sake, the media attention to this is likely acerbating any problems he may have of being victimized," Nelson said. "He's definitely going to be affected by what happened, and that is not going to go away. But, the prognosis, there's every reason to think with counseling and strategies of intervention, there's certainly hope that he would be able to cope and move forward and lead a happy and productive life."
Susan Brock's life won't be so productive, however. The nurse, certified public accountant and licensed real estate agent likely will lose her certifications to work in those fields. She will be on the brink of retirement age when she is released from prison, be placed on lifetime probation and be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
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