Man accused of molestation arrested in murder plot

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SCOTTSDALE -- A man under investigation for molestation is accused of plotting to have three people killed to avoid prosecution.

The Scottsdale Police Sex Crimes Unit was investigating Ira Joe Anderson, 59, for allegedly molesting a relative over a period of approximately four years.

Upon hearing of the investigation, police say Anderson fled to Carson City, Nev., and contacted an associate, asking for help in a murder plot of the victim and two witnesses.

Anderson drove back to Scottsdale and was taken into custody Sunday in front of his hotel. He is being charged with one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

Detectives continue to investigate the original child molestation charges.