Library aide arrested for allegedly molesting two girls

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A Scottsdale library aide accused of molesting children had also worked for at least two Valley school districts.

Gabriel Lucero, 34, was arrested after he turned himself in on Sept. 29. His arrest follows a two-year investigation by Phoenix police.

As the investigation evolved, Phoenix Police Crimes Against Children detectives learned Lucero was the focus of investigations by Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Phoenix detectives and HSI/ICE investigators teamed up to conduct a joint investigation.

Lucero is accused of molesting two girls who were under 13 at the time of the abuse. Police say he knew the victims.

According to Phoenix police, in April 2012, the original victim (then 12 years old) made a delayed disclosure to her school counselor about being molested when she was 10. The second victim disclosed several months after the investigation began that she too had been molested by the suspect.

Phoenix police said Lucero was working as an assistant librarian for the city of Scottsdale at the time of his arrest. He had also worked for at least two school districts in the Valley. Police are not naming the schools, but say there is no indication any students were victims.

Lucero faces 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of aggravated assault on a minor, and one count of sexual abuse. 

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Editor's Note: Police originally said that Lucero was employed at a Scottsdale school at the time of his arrest. On Wednesday, they said that information was incorrect and that he had been working as an assistant librarian for the city of Scottsdale.