Scottsdale man accused of molesting 6-year-oldPosted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters is accused of molesting his girlfriend's 6-year-old son and police said there may be more victims.
Scottsdale police arrested Ali Chitsaz, 32, on Monday.
Police said Chitsaz met the victim’s mother on Match.com. According to investigators, he molested the 6-year-old multiple times since July.
Officers said they obtained evidence from Chitsaz’s Scottsdale home to support the allegations.
He was booked on four counts of child molestation and one count of transmitting obscene material to a minor.
Chitsaz is being held without bail.
A spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona said the organization has terminated his association with the agency and notified the parents of the child he mentored. Pete Griffin, president and CEO, released the following statement:
"Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona is aware of the arrest of Ali Chitsaz. Upon learning of the arrest, we immediately informed the parents of the child he mentored and the volunteer’s association with our organization has been terminated. While we have no reason to believe any child associated with our agency has been victimized, we are alarmed, outraged and saddened by accounts of any child being abused or harmed. We will continue to work proactively with law enforcement authorities throughout their investigation, and feel it would be inappropriate to offer any details or speculate about the case.
"Our organization makes child safety our priority. We have zero tolerance for abuse. Our volunteers and staff undergo thorough screening and background checks and we provide ongoing professional support for our children and families. We remain committed to improving children's odds for overcoming adversity, succeeding in school, breaking negative cycles and having higher self-esteem and aspirations. Safety and security are the foundation of the service we provide. The integrity of our program is extremely important and to achieve the highest quality standards possible, we work to constantly review and strengthen our screening and background check systems as new best practices in the industry emerge."
Any parent with children who may have had contact with Chitsaz is asked to contact Scottsdale police.