Mesa Man and Woman Suspected Of Victimizing 13-year-old Girl

January 18, 2008

photo of William RiedelOn January 16, 2008 the Mesa Police Department responded to the area of 1600 N. Fraser to investigate an alleged child molestation involving a 13-year-old female victim.

A witness told police that her 13-year-old daughter had found various pornographic photos depicting the witness’s fiancé, later identified as 43-year-old William Riedel (seen in photo) of Mesa, molesting a 13-year-old girl known to the witness’s daughter.

Investigators obtained a search warrant to review the photographic evidence on the hard drive of the computer. Investigators discovered photos on the computer that did, in fact, depict Riedel in the act of molesting the victim. Other photos on the hard drive of the computer depicted the victim’s 55-year-old mother in the act of sexually abusing her own daughter. The victim appeared to be incoherent or under the influence of a drug or narcotic in the photographs. Investigators believe that the crimes occurred from January to March of 2006, which would have made the victim 11- or 12- years-old at the time. Numerous other child pornography photos were discovered on the computer hard drive in addition to those already mentioned.

During post-Miranda interviews both suspects admitted to molesting and sexually abusing the victim. The suspects disclosed the fact that they used sleeping pills to drug the victim prior to committing the crime. The victim’s mother admitted to providing the sleeping pills to her daughter under the false pretense that it was allergy medication.

Riedel was previously employed as the director of a family counseling service. Investigators are concerned that there may be other victims due to the fact that Riedel had contact with other children. Alleged victims are asked to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.

Riedel was booked on suspicion of Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Molestation of a Child. The victim’s mother was booked on suspicion of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Sexual Abuse and Child Abuse. Riedel is being held at the Maricopa County Jail on a no-bond status. The victim’s mother is being held on a $108,000 dollar bond. The victim is currently in CPS custody.



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