Police arrest employee at Phoenix migrant holding facility for sex abuse of 14-year-old

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Fernando Negrete, 32, arrested at Southwest Key facility in Phoenix, where he is employed, on sex abuse charges against a 14-year-old. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Fernando Negrete, 32, arrested at Southwest Key facility in Phoenix, where he is employed, on sex abuse charges against a 14-year-old. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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(Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

An employee at a Southwest Key migrant holding facility in Phoenix was arrested for the molestation of a 14-year-old girl. 

According to Sgt. Vince Lewis, police responded to a child molestation call at the facility located near 26th and Campbell avenues at about 4 p.m. on July 25.

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Southwest Key is a facility where migrant children are being housed.

The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Fernando Negrete. He is an employee at the location.

A 16-year-old girl said she "observed Negrete kissing and inappropriately touching" a 14-year-old female resident, according to the police report.

The victim told police that Negrete entered her bedroom and kissed her on the lips. The police report states that after he did this, "[the victim] pushed him away and got away [from Negrete.]"

The witness described seeing Negrete kissing the victim "three or four times" and touch her inappropriately.

According to the police report, "in the surveillance video inside the residence, Fernando [Negrete] can be seen approaching the victim's bedroom several times throughout the night." But the doorway and bedroom are out of view of the camera.

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On July 31, Negrete was contacted by Phoenix PD and admitted kissing the victim and touching the victim inappropriately over her clothes.

Negrete was booked into jail on one count each of molestation, aggravated assault and sexual abuse. 

He's due back in court August 7.

Southwest Key spokesman Jeff Eller released this statement:

“When a child tells us of inappropriate behavior, we immediately call law enforcement and start an internal investigation as appropriate.  That’s what happened in this case.  Southwest Key always works with law enforcement to bring the full force of the law to bear when it is warranted.”

To read the full police report, click HERE.

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