Mesa Police Seek Assistance With Molestation Investigation

September 4, 2009

photo of Ruben MyersIn April 2008, two adult male victims disclosed to detectives that a relative, Ruben Myers (seen here in photo), sexually molested them as children. They indicated that a third family member was also molested by Myers. Both victims stated that these incidents occurred from 1974 to 1992.

In May 2009, detectives located and interviewed the third victim and he also disclosed that he was molested by Myers as a child. The victims indicated that they were molested from the age of five until they were approximately eighteen years old. The victims decided to come forward when they learned that Myers was temporarily residing with a family member that had young children. Detectives interviewed the children and they did not disclose any inappropriate behavior or touching.

Based on their investigation, detectives were able to develop probable cause to arrest Ruben Myers. On July 10, 2009, Ruben Myers was arrested and booked into the Mesa Police Department Holding Facility for 13 counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor, 8 counts of Molestation of a Child and 1 count of Sexual Abuse.

Follow-up investigation revealed that Myers volunteered for the Helaman House from 1996 to 1998. The Helaman House is a residential treatment center for young male juveniles ages twelve to seventeen that have behavioral issues. Family members reported that Myers volunteered as a Pop Warner Football coach in Mesa from 1982 to 1998.

Due to Myers' prior volunteer history, there is the possibility that there may be other victims who have not come forward. The department is asking that anyone with information contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211. 

 

 

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