Ryan Hazelton, 20, Surgery Assistant at Sun City Hospital, Arrested After Indictment for '09 Child-Porn Possession

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Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
Ryan Hazelton, 20, is seen here still wearing his scrubs after being arrested at the hospital where he works in connection with child-porn charges.

A 20-year-old surgery assistant at a Sun City hospital was arrested at work last week following a grand-jury indictment on charges of possessing child pornography.

Ryan Hazelton was 17 and living with his folks in Chandler when a 2009 Tempe police investigation caught up to him and his family's home computer.

After admitting to downloading and storing the illegal pictures, police say, Hazelton was booked into jail. He was freed pending charges -- which cops submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office a couple of weeks after he turned 18.


The wheels of justice turned slowly, and in November, a grand jury indicted Hazelton, who now lives in Gilbert, on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Police went to his workplace, Banner Del E. Webb Memorial hospital in Sun City, at about 3 p.m. last Wednesday.

Hazelton works there as an operating room assistant, according to his Facebook page. His page also states that he's originally from Hesperia, California, and went to Bashas High School in Chandler after he moved to the Valley.

Candace Hoffman, spokeswoman for the hospital, told us on Friday that Hazelton's arrest didn't disrupt any patient services.

UPDATE:

Hoffman called today to let us know that Hazelton has been placed on leave pending an investigation. He's worked at the hospital since July and "his duties did not involve direct patient care," she says.


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donee
donee

are you kidding me? let's chill with the hate comments. Ryan is one of the sweetest guys i have ever met. he's like a brother to me, his little sister is my best friendd. everything will be okay ry. you're in my prayers(: 

Mt
Mt

This guy is an honest, well mannered, helpful member of our society.  He is a friend of mine and does NOT deserve to be in jail over something so ludacris!  His parents are good people and don't have the money to defend him properly.  This poor kid, he was 17 at the time of the alleged charges and they are coming after him now at age 20?  WTF!  They set his bail at an astronomical amount so he is sitting in jail doing nothing instead of helping patients at the hospital until his arraignment on Thursday where the public defender will defend him and hopefully he will be set free.  Put yourself in his shoes or his parents shoes just for one moment.  I don't think there are many 17 year old boys out there today that can say they didn't at least try to download porn. My heart goes out to Ryan and his family and I wish there was something I could do t help.  We all know the legal system has much BIGGER fish to fry.  Leave this guy alone!

Mrssnow
Mrssnow

wednesday board of supervisors meeting , recall arpiao, 8:45 am

201 w jefferson        pass this along. !

he allowed rape victims to get away with it, but this kid makes the big news. ?

Lilygreen
Lilygreen

what 17 year isnt curious, to look at things exploring his sexuality,

his was a minor, should every adult male watching tity shows be arrested as well, ?

look at warren jeffs had sex with little girls howmany warrn jeffs have nto been arrested. now we will pay for him to go to prison , instead of him paying his way thru society and he will never get hired after getting out so another soul on our payroll.   what a shame

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

The pictures are very similar in appearance.  As perverts go and for as young as this guy is he probably began this type of behavior long before two years ago in other ways.  As he was probably abused as a child and was taught as a child to abuse other children.

I think your step son has a lot to learn in his still young law enforcement career.  Perhaps someday he will acknowledge your wisdom in that area. 

Polio pony
Polio pony

This guy spends his days prepping 89 year olds for hemorrhoid removal surgery and then gets busted for kiddy porn. The very definition of irony.

Freedomfighter
Freedomfighter

Poor guy, he has a long road ahead of him. Everything will work out I promise, my family has been down this very road, I know how painful it is. As long as this guy looked at pictures and thats all then he and his family need to be as vocal as they can. Dont listen to what people call you, those people are sheep anyways. God bless you and your family Mr Hazelton.

Joshsmom
Joshsmom

I feel so sorry for this boy and his family. For gods sake he was a child himself at the time he alledgedly viewed pictures of other children. He is facing a mandatory minimum of 100 years!!! 100 fucking years for looking at illegal pictures!!  for any one to make the connection that because he looked at certain pictures that that somehow makes him a child molester is a fucking retard!  if you want to use that as your platform then it must be fair to say that because you watched a violent movie with murder in it then you are now a murderer!!! The family of this boy needs to stand by him, he needs them now more then ever. I cant even imagine with just a few clicks of a mouse and BAM your life is officially over.

Jim
Jim

He looks like a virgin also. 

CHICANO POWER
CHICANO POWER

 This  cho-mo -kiddy diddler pervert is more proof to never trust a clean cut shored haired male. they use that clean cut look to fool you and to hide the evil that lurks deep down in their evil souls so they can do their dirty business.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

really, maybe he should have thought of the consequences before he downloaded kiddie porn. You realize that kiddie porn is pictures/videos of children being raped right?

Anon
Anon

Contact me through RSOL Arizona . Your friend needs more people like you in his life. There are steps that need to be taken now to help him. Please contact me or have his parents do so. Believe me iv been in his parents shoes.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

he allowed rape victims to get away with it, but this kid makes the big news.? WHAT?

you mean he ignored rape victims and allowed the rapists to get away with it?

you realize that kiddie porn pictures are pictures of rapes right?

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

but looking at kiddie porn is still illegal.. is it not?does that mean because I am curious I should be allowed to download it too? see the slippery slope argument I can make?

SH
SH

I hope god will forgive you for on judgement day! I will pray for you.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Tommy Collins, this was supposed to be in reply to something you said earlier.  I guess I messed that up.  Ooops........

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

wow you support undeaged children being raped? unbelievable.. Only in AZ.

SH
SH

Thank you very much!

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

it takes more then a few clicks to download illegal porn. I wouldn't know where to go to find it if I wanted too. That being said, the guy has a problem.

SH
SH

I hope you have kids!

MCSOdeputycloset
MCSOdeputycloset

I have come to expect a little more then that from you Mr Collins, take sometime to think about that comment and we will try and not hold it against you

Bnbk
Bnbk

WOW Tommy,good eye,I guess it's all that law emforcement traing shining through.

KZ
KZ

Ha this comment coming from a dark haired lawnmower pusher. You dont even know the kid dip shit. The only power you have is posting on this site. Chicano Power haha more like man that has no life power. What an idiot.

SH
SH

Maybe you should do more research before you make comments like these! They came over as a download but they cant say if they were opened. But the investigating officers admitted that no searches were flagged for kiddie porn, so the boy did not search for it!!

Maemae
Maemae

Shut the fuck up, you make me HATE mexicans , and im a fucking mexican. Your comments are about as old and fucking stupid as they could possibly be. You proved your point the first 10 times you posted that shit!

Vpower101
Vpower101

HAHAHA. Hey Duck Butter aka PTCGAZ, if you're going to make a comment accusing someone of something, it would make sense for you to have an education great enough to actually understand what you are talking about. "Kiddie Porn" as your "Fetish" for it is allowing you to call it would be a picture or video of any person that involves a nude or sexually exposed minor. Your atrocious illiterate mind immediately thinks of rape. If you spent half as much time reading and just learning in general as you do writting your ridiculous post then you might actually have something of value to say. This website posted information about this young man without ever consulting him. They have no actual true story at all and have just posted the same false information as every other site. No actual statements have been made to any media of any kind. In reality your feelings on this topic of discussion do not matter at all. Family and Friends know what actually took place and thats all that matters. Justice will be served by Ryan Hazelton however it will be served in the form of him being released from custody and all charges being dropped. Ryan I am here for you bud and believe me you have much much more then just my prayers. 

SH
SH

I sent an email through the site, there was three alternatives and I emailed "central" . If this is not right please lmk.

SH
SH

Dont believe everything you read.... He did not say he downloaded kiddie porn, he admitted to downloading porn from Limewire. He did not search for kiddie porn on Limewire either. The police put "bait" on limewire under porn with names like "peach pie" . Does this sound like a kiddie porn to you? Your child or husband could accidentally open this or just of grabbed it and did a "bulk download" and you are prosecuted as being in possession of kiddie porn. Search the internet, Do you know how many people have been charged this same way because of Limewire?

SH
SH

Reports say he was in possession, not that he searched or viewed! You really need to know more about a case before you make any assumptions.

Freedomfighter
Freedomfighter

No I absolutly do not support it. Please dont misunderstand me. What im saying is that yes its wrong, but to pay with your life for it? You get less time for actually raping a child or murdering someone. Why do you think that is?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Ok, I will qualify my comment. This accused sex offender was arrested last week for a 2009 criminal event. According to a similar report from another news source he was released pending formal charges, which means he likely was out and about this past Saturday when the Tucson attack occurred. So, my comment was wondering out loud if he can validate his life actions this past Saturday, When, where and what was he doing and with whom?

The photo and sketch have many similarities and it's been suggested that sex offenders start slowly in many cases and become more aggressive with time as their sexual needs become stronger. Two years ago he was looking a pictures.... maybe it's now progressed to the point that forced sex is the only relief he can get.

Changed your screen name, huh?

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Naw. My step-son, with two years of law enforcement experience, still thinks I've forgotten more than I ever knew...

Johnny
Johnny

he sounds more like a white boy trying to make mexicans look bad.

MARTA
MARTA

 I bet your a very boring short fat clean cut short haired buzz cut mexican. your just jealous of long haired guys who get all the women. chicks love guys with long hair.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

By responding to his mush you give him energy. No responses and he will eventually go someplace else to post.

Anon
Anon

I never recieved the email so im assuming it wasnt the right one. My personal email is rurubean@yahoo..eer I hate putting my personal info up here but its obviously worth the risk.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

I dont use limewire for a reason.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

no, I am one of those people that doesn't like rapists, and murderers.Of course I also dislike people that are enablers of rape too.

Freedomfighter
Freedomfighter

Ptcgaz is an asshole. Ignore him, everybody else does

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

SH how would he be in possession of it without having downloaded it? Are you telling me that someone would download porn AND not watch it? What's the purpose of that? Sorry but you make no sense, you sound like an enabler of child rape too.

KZ
KZ

Nobody went through the trouble of getting it you dumbass. Are you even reading these posts? The files that were obtained were imbeded within other files. Ask any hacker how easy that is to do and they will laugh in your face and when they are done laughing they will tell you its as easy as creating a smirk on your face. Trust me we all feel the way you do about rape and "kiddie porn" but what you think happened is not the case. This young man is one hundred percent innocent. It was a set up plain and simple. A set up used over and over to catch actual sex offenders. It is very simple to download something and not even know that you have it. Take a virus for instense you dont go online and search for a virus to download you just end up with one by mistake when downloading practically anything because some asshole thought it would be funny to screw up your day.Ryan Hazelton you have done nothing wrong.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

because it's way easier to catch the end users of the kiddie porn. Do you know how/where it's produced?

I did read a thing about it on-line and most kiddie porn for American's is made elsewhere. While maybe life in prison is excessive, people who go to the trouble of getting kiddie porn  deserve to go to prison. I would say 20-30 years worth. And I dont care that he was 17 at he time they "caught" him. He's old enough to know that he shouldn't be looking at kiddie porn.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

so what you are saying is that idiots download porn and don't watch it? If I ever download porn and it had questionable files on it, or ones that need special programs to open them, they go into the delete folder... Just saying. I would never download any porn from limewire anyways. It's a security issue. (And I am not talking about dling kiddie porn by accident either, I am talking about all the nasty crap you can get on limewire....)

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

maybe. It might be another sick perv too. Hard to say. The sketch looks similar... Who knows. Just hope they catch the guy whoever he is.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

Johnny, maybe although, I picture them as the troll living underneath a bridge.

Johnny
Johnny

 He might be a tall in shape good looking thin gay male troll. not that there is anything wrong with that.

Johnny
Johnny

I doubt that. he will have die first just like you Tommy Boy before he ever quits writing on here.

PTCGAZ
PTCGAZ

yes that is a big fat troll.

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