Mesa Police Arrest Child Molestation Suspect

November 16, 2010

On the evening of November 11, 2010, Mesa Police officers responded to the 100 block of South Parkwood in Mesa, reference a report of a nine-year-old girl begin fondled by an adult male. The girl's father looked out their home's window and noticed his daughter standing by a silver Toyota passenger car. The father observed the adult male driver grab his daughter on her right buttock. The father went outside to confront the driver. When he got outside, his daughter was in the front passenger seat of the vehicle. The father pulled her out of the vehicle and began yelling at the driver and the male eventually drove away. The father was able to provide officers with the license plate number of the suspect's vehicle. The father stated that the suspect frequently visits a family in the neighborhood and is known to his daughter as "Mr. Bill." During an interview with detectives from the department's Center Against Family Violence, the victim disclosed that the suspect touched her buttocks while she was standing outside of his car. She also said he touched her vaginal area over her clothing with his hand, while she was sitting on the front passenger seat. Patrol officers later located the suspect's vehicle parked outside of his residence.

photo of suspect Billy BryantThe suspect, Billy Bryant (seen in photo), was interviewed by detectives and booked for two counts of child molestation. He was also charged with aggravated assault for grabbing the victim's buttocks outside of the car. During the investigation it was learned that this same suspect is a suspect in another child molestation case from last year. That case was investigated, but was eventually inactivated because the suspect denied the allegations and there were no witnesses or evidence. At that time, he was a bus driver for Legacy Charter School. After that investigation, he was terminated and is not employed as a bus driver at this time. During interviews with detectives, the suspect and witnesses provided information that lead detectives to believe that, due to his interaction with area children and former role as a bus driver, there may be additional victims that have yet to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.



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