Teacher's aide arrested, accused of molesting teen

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PHOENIX – A teacher’s aide is in jail charged with child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor.

According to court records, Lonnie Hendricks, 54, was caught sexually abusing a teen girl by her older brother.

The brother contacted police.

Court paperwork indicates he admitted to the abuse and said he was “glad he got caught so that he would stop.”

Hendricks worked for the Mesa School District for six months. A district spokesperson says he was a special education aide who worked with 10 kids and four adults at Field Elementary School in Mesa.

The district sent letters home with students explaining to parents what was going on. Police say the teen victim does not attend Field Elementary School.