Phoenix Parks and Rec Employee Admits to Molesting Kids in the '90s, Cops Say

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In an apparent case of better late than never, Phoenix police say a city parks and recreation department employee admitted to molesting three teenagers between 1995 and 1998.

Arthur Rey Juarez, 42, was picked up by detectives on Saturday, the day before he had a "a scheduled activity with children on Easter Sunday," according to Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos.

Phoenix police say the three victims -- now adults, obviously -- reported being molested in 2001 but were "unsure if they desired prosecution at the time." Therefore, the case was closed.

The case was reviewed this year by Phoenix PD's Child Crimes Task Force, and after contacting the victims again, they told police this time they all wanted Juarez prosecuted.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, the first victim told police he was 13 when he stayed at Juarez's house in the summer of 1998, and while he was sleeping, Juarez grabbed his penis and put it in his mouth.

On another occasion, Juarez tried to untie his shorts while he was sleeping, according to the documents.

The second victim said Juarez was giving him a massage when he was 16, in either late 2005 or 2006, when Juarez started rubbing his testicles. He said on another occasion, he also slept at Juarez's house, and Juarez touched his penis, outside of his pants, according to the documents.

The third victim said he was 14 years old, and in either 1995 or 1996, he was sleeping at Juarez's house when Juarez touched his penis over his clothing.

According to court documents, Juarez told police his "behavior was inappropriate," and he specifically admitted to touching the second victim's genitals while massaging him.

Since Juarez has had access to kids as a parks department employee for the past 15 years, Phoenix PD ask that you call them if you have anything to add.

Juarez faces several felony charges, and his bond was set at $150,000.


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6 comments
yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

I wonder why PPD gets a pass when it comes to the mishandling of sex cases...hypocritical?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks  i know you arent referring to everyone on this site when you say that (you have caught me on typo's, and i am just pointing one out on you right now) I for one have been howling about mismanaged and bungled sex crimes cases by all agencies. the reason i howl so loudly with the MCSO ones is because of the way Joe handled the apology and because of a few other factors involved in the MCSO cases. giving you and other MCSO people fair credit though, i did see how some of the people in the MCSO cases DID complain that they needed more people and funding. I stand resolute in my complaint about MCSO however, BUT, i am pointing the finger right at Joe and Henderschott and the upper command more than I am at the investigators (but i am still pointing to some of them for not bringing attention louder.....the same as i do at all of the other agencies like PPD, TPD, etc etc) I dont think ANY sex crimes should recieve less than FULL attention 

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

@yourproductsucks You, Sir, appear to have serious comprehension problems, not just in this case! On a broader note, it also appears that your products do indeed suck! I recommend you go back and read some of "your products" and possibly reconsider.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@yourproductsucks First, the circumstances are different.  It appears that PPD had one bad detective so this was an individual employee who hid the issue from command staff while at MCSO it was a command decision to divert resources.  Second,  PPD appears to have handled it appropriately once it was discovered - command staff took responsibility;  conducted a full and appropriate investigation, truly re-opend the cases, truly re-investigated the cases and are now bringing suspected molestors to justice.  The detective that mishandled the cases retired so as not to face discipline.  On the other side, the MCSO's follow-up investigations have been essentially non-existent and the Sheriff has made it clear that there will be no discipline for those that failed to properly investigate cases. PPD doesn't get a pass, but they get credit for remedying the situation a hell of a lot better than MCSO.

marcy
marcy

@yourproductsucks 

Is there something unclear about the victims stating at the time that they didn't want to pursue prosecution?   What, specifically, did they mishandle?

Joe Arpaio, on the other hand, had 100's of cases that the department didn't investigate at all.  Now that is mishandling.  Child molesters love Joe Arpaio.

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks no, they actually are following up on them and closing them...meanwhile, MCSO's recent internal report shows they have done...NOTHING ..big difference wouldnt you agree? 

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