Mesa Cop Charged with Sex Crimes in the Line of Duty

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A Mesa police officer has been indicted on three felony sex-crime offenses, all of which allegedly occurred while he was on duty.

Justin Cherry, 34, is charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual molestation of a child.

See also:
-Walter Knox, Former Mesa Cop, Accused of Sexual Assault in Scottsdale

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Courtesy of Mesa Police Department
Officer Justin Cherry
All three incidents occurred on separate occasions, and the victims did not know each other, says Jerry Cobb, spokesman with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Cobb would not release additional details but said all three incidents allegedly occurred in 2013 while Cherry was "a uniformed officer investigating possible crime."

County Attorney Bill Montgomery comments: "We will not hesitate to prosecute sworn peace officers when sufficient evidence exists to support charges of criminal conduct. Those we entrust with enforcing the law will be equally held to account when they violate it."

Cherry's charge of molesting a child under the age of 15 additionally was labeled a "dangerous crime against children," a special marker that allows for an enhanced sentence if the accused is found guilty. Not all sex crimes against children fall into this category, nor are all dangerous crimes against children sexual in nature. It is unknown why Cherry's charge carries this enhancement.

The Mesa Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but other sources report that Cherry has been on administrative leave since last August, when the allegations against him first arose. The County Attorney's Office is unaware of previous accusations against Cherry, Cobb says.

Cherry was indicted for the incidents last week and turned himself in on Friday. He is being held without bond.


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DNichols
DNichols

Mesa Policeman Cherry should have done like the Proud Mesa Fire Chief did a few year back, and raped his fifteen year old neighbor  girls pet sheep, he faced zero charges.

Mesa has some winners in the "Loyal Fraternal Order".




Ross Mealey
Ross Mealey

So Australia is not the only country with this type of cop lol

Cynthia Medina
Cynthia Medina

I hope he goes to jail and becomes somebody's play thing:-D

Tony Junior
Tony Junior

Lorraine and you support cops \U0001f636

Letitia Smith
Letitia Smith

Shsme on you. You give cops every where a bad name

Elise Brockmiller
Elise Brockmiller

Fucking disgusting. Chop off his dick and staple it to his forehead so everyone knows what a monster he is.

Falcon Tattooer
Falcon Tattooer

the 20-30 are the ones who get caught, trust me theyre not the only ones abusing their power. and every "good cop" out there knows who these guys are and does nothing about it

Orlando Hernandez
Orlando Hernandez

Damn pigs they think they get get away with anything.. well this guy ant above the law... who knows how any other women. He's done this to and for how long l... hope he gets raped in jail..

Manny Martinez
Manny Martinez

Many PD's would've protected this guy. I guess I'm "glad" Mesa PD is prosecuting him. Don't they profile these people? Or at least run psych tests on them ? I'm sure the potential for something like this would've come out in a questionnaire or ink blot test ...

Geoff Goorin
Geoff Goorin

WTF does President Obama have to do with a cop sexually assaulting a child? My lord. Like him or not, he's doing a job that no one wants to genuinely do. Period.

Geoff Goorin
Geoff Goorin

Ok I won't. I will handle the scum in my own creative way. Uh oh... more trouble in another ultra- conservative east valley bubble? This time of all places- Mesa?!?!??? Guess it's true deviant stupidity knows no boundaries. Hope you become ok with being mortal after all.

Keith Piske
Keith Piske

Lynch that bastard. He wore the wrong uniform.

Matt Johnson
Matt Johnson

Is his name really Justin Cherry?!? Bwahaha

Steve Costa
Steve Costa

Don't worry kids he won't serve any time.

Sherry Strange
Sherry Strange

That's just messed up and give police a bad impression

Jami Tucker
Jami Tucker

They gonna LOVE him in prison...cop AND child molester? You a dead man, son

dawhit
dawhit

Really need to change that headline. "In the line of duty" implies the crimes he is accused of are part of the job.

Shane Sikorski
Shane Sikorski

I hope he gets what he deserves....get em' bubba!!!

Catherine Baker
Catherine Baker

Gee, just like Los Angeles in the 80's. No woman in her right mind stopped for a cop before she found a well-lit corner with witnesses.

Nathan McGough
Nathan McGough

I couldnt read the article on my phone, but from it sounds like he has not actually been convicted of anything. Every person accused of a crime in america is innocent until proven guilty. The rest of the commenters have made the accusation that all cops are pigs, yet there are just as many terrible people out there willing to accuse somebody of something they didnt do for personal gain. If he truly did do it then obviously he is complete scum that deserves to suffer. But if he truly is innocent then his life is already ruined because he will forever be associated with this indictment. At least consider reserving your judgement until more facts are presented.

EleanorRigby
EleanorRigby

Pearce has two sons that like breaking the law, not just one.. Part of their family values

Sarkis Khamou
Sarkis Khamou

Great and he passed a polygraph lol the way they hire cops is a joke all on the polygraph

Lawrence Lawless Yañez
Lawrence Lawless Yañez

What? You mean they can't do that stuff while hiding behind their badge? They can commit murder and sell drugs and assault people indiscriminately....

Tara Rednick
Tara Rednick

I like role playing but this is just wrong. He should of got his jollies off by hiring an escort. Lol

Marcel Roshto
Marcel Roshto

I love the idiot responses like "most cops are bad" because you see 20-30 bad cops a year vs the thousands of cop that exist in America . Just a flat out stupid comment this guy is a scum . But do the math and remember don't call 911 when you are in trouble

Heather Feaga
Heather Feaga

No he won't. He's a cop. They always protect their own.

Tom Rætz
Tom Rætz

Indictment and conviction are two different things. Every person {truly innocent, or not} that has been acquitted of a charge, has as some point been indicted on it.

Cher Oakley
Cher Oakley

If he was indicted why do they say allegedly?

Matt Pasonen
Matt Pasonen

Not a surprise...abuse of authority is the biggest problem with our Law Enforcement

David Reinken
David Reinken

"Sex Crimes IN THE LINE OF DUTY" and "all of which allegedly occurred WHILE HE WAS ON DUTY" are not exactly the same thing.

Angie Rivera
Angie Rivera

It doesn't matter. Mesa PD will sweep the incident under the rug and the cases will not proceed because the government of Arizona hates women.

Kenny Vaughan
Kenny Vaughan

Mesa Pd is one of the worst right behind Chandler. They all are a bunch of low life pigs.

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