3 law-enforcement agencies looking for more victims of sex-assault suspect


by Alicia E. Barrón


Posted on May 25, 2010 at 6:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 25 at 6:50 AM

PHOENIX -- Three law-enforcement agencies are teaming up to try and determine if there are more victims of a man arrested earlier this month in connection with a seven-year-old sex assault.

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TEMPE – A sexual assault suspect was recently taken into custody after a seven-year joint investigation and now police believe there may be more victims.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, Scottsdale Police Department and Tempe Police Department took Kevin Lee Francois, 44, into custody after working together on the cold-case investigation for seven years. He was wanted for an outstanding sexual assault charge in Arizona.

On May 11, sheriff’s deputies and Scottsdale officers traveled to Fullerton, California where, with the help of local law enforcement, they executed search warrants and arrested the suspect. Detectives say his DNA has been linked to at least one of the sexual assaults being investigated.

Detectives say Francois burglarized a Tempe apartment in 2003 and sexually assaulted one of the women living there at the time.

Investigators say they believe the suspect made frequent visits to Arizona beginning in 1984. He had addresses in Tucson and in Phoenix.

Francois has a criminal history for burglary in California as well as in Arizona. He also has a history of trespassing charges involving voyeurism in both states.

Police say Francois targeted areas surrounding colleges. He has had driver’s licenses in Arizona, California, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Colorado.

Evidence collected by investigators indicates there are more victims that either have not come forward or have been identified. If you have any information on the suspect, you are asked to call 602-876-8707.