Tempe Criminal-Defense Attorney in Jail on Child-Molestation Charges

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John Vigileos, a Tempe-based criminal-defense attorney, is being held without bond at the Maricopa County Jail after confessing to Gilbert police that he sexually molested his 12-year-old step-daughter at his home.

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John Vigileos at his Tempe office before the fall.
The 45-year-old lawyer was arrested in the early-morning hours of April 23 after a series of previously unpublicized events that have stunned his colleagues in the legal profession.

Court records in State of Arizona v. John Keith Vigileos include a one-page "probable cause" statement that summarizes the case against the Gilbert man.

Vigileos and his estranged wife have shared custody of the 12-year-old victim, as well as the woman's 9-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter (the youngest child is the sole product of their union).

The three kids were at Vigileos' residence when the 12-year-old called her mother about 2 a.m. on April 23 to report that Vigileos touched her and forced him to touch her inappropriately.

The girl's mother drove to Vigileos' home to get the children, who were there alone as Vigileos had split for parts unknown.


Back at her Gilbert apartment, she soon got a phone call from her ex before she reported the situation to the police. The state's probable-cause statement says Vigileos admitted to molesting the girl.
 
Vigileos called Gilbert police to self-surrender but then "attempted to commit suicide by cutting his left wrist and stabbing himself in the stomach with a knife."

Apparently not seriously injured in the suicide attempt, Vigileos later twice confessed to the cops after failing to invoke his Miranda right to self-incrimination (and a criminal-defense lawyer, no less!).

"During the [police] interview, John used a white board to explain the relationship he has with [his step-daughter]," the court document says. "On one side of the board, he described a fatherly relationship. On the other, he identified a romantic or sexual relationship. 

Vigileos is looking at a prison term that is very likely to put him into Social Security territory, into his 60s or beyond. 


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People
People

What a freak! Just like his clients, he is scum! Where is the death penalty for child molesters????

find attorneys at law
find attorneys at law

Probate cases can be of many kinds and you have to assess your needs to discover the attorney who is most appropriate for your case. For that you have to do some home work and decide after that.

FascistNation
FascistNation

We don't have barristers (and solicitors) in this country.  Pity.

He is a terrible criminal defense lawyer.  He didn't keep his mouth SHUT!  Never ever talk to agents of the government whether you have something to hide or not. Any good attorney will tell you that.

Sceptic
Sceptic

So many things about the reporting of this story do not make sense. He is a criminal defense attorney. Why would he write everything out on a white board and confess so he can spend most his life in prison, which he well knows. He obviously did not want to go to prison by attempting suicide. Hmmm...that failed so I guess ill confess and just go????One twist is that when a couple gets estranged, allegations like this often happen and even children are told to lie. I've seen it happen both ways. The questionable culprit here is the media and investigative reporting. I just dont trust any of it anymore. What a waste the media has become. Scavengers of filth.

Clean Cuts Are Evil
Clean Cuts Are Evil

This guy is more proof to never trust a clean cut short haired male. they use that clean cut look to hide the evil that lurks deep down in their dark souls.

Helpful Harry
Helpful Harry

It's 'down the road', not 'across the street' you twisted fuck. Get it right next time.

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

Her daughter calls her at 2 am, she then picks up the kids, drives me to her house and only after she hears from the pervert himself she calls the police.

I don't know what to think about this part. I would say call the police on her way to pick up the kids.....

Seanpro2
Seanpro2

Then why did you read it?

62 yr old man
62 yr old man

 He looks like most clean cut yuppie new times male bloggers. not me but the rest out there.

slippery mike
slippery mike

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Jimbo
Jimbo

 Isn't calling the cops  being a rat or a snitch? what if you call 911 and your old pal Shurf Joe showed up? would you except his help? it seems you hate Joe and his abusive jail but you encourage people to call the cops when its convenient. you sound confused Eleanor.

azlefty
azlefty

It seems her first concern was to get the  kids to safety (her house) then worry about step 2 which  would be to call the  Cops.  Everyone reacts differently in panic/stress situations, unlike some mothers she did not ignore it but went to her children when called.

mwmike
mwmike

 That's just a generic silhouette they display next to your screen name.

azlefty
azlefty

WTF are you smoking  besides Arpiaos pole?  If  this was a county case then yes it would be smarter not to call since MCSO can't be bothered with sex crimes but it was Gilbert and as such  a suspected perv is behind bars and not on the  loose as Joe prefers! 

mwmike
mwmike

It would present quite a dilemma - do I call the corrupt, demented, pervert or do I call the step-father. 

Eleanor Holguin
Eleanor Holguin

I understand that...it just seems, from the story, that she was hesitant about calling the police.

Why did she wait until after she talked to the perv and he confirmed it? Didn't she believe her daughter to begin with?

azlefty
azlefty

Look for his and Jimbos names on Joes Campaign contribution reports

Jimbo
Jimbo

 Calling the police means a person might end up in evil shurf joes abusive jail. I thought you didnt like joe or his jail so why do you  encourage people to call the cops when they will end up in shurf joes abusive jail?

azlefty
azlefty

I am thinking it might be a combination of a not clear Police report and article writing. Or she may have need time to mentally process the  fact that the man she loved and was once married to could commit such  a despicable act to her child.

I have dealt with Families in similar situations,  and sometimes  the  psychological  shock  that they have to  overcome makes it seem to us that they took their sweet time to bring in the authorities. Remember the  important thing is they do make that call, since it ultimately protects not only their children but other children also.

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