Arrest made weeks after boy lured away from Chandler bus stop, molested
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Police have arrested a maintenance worker who is now accused of luring a 7-year-old boy away from his bus stop and molesting him two months ago in Chandler. Police arrested Jesus Jorge Delcampo at his Peoria home on Thursday afternoon and claim DNA links him to the crime. Delcampo was working as a maintenance man at the Alante at the Islands community in Chandler.
On July 29, the victim’s parents called 911 after their son told them he followed a man in a “go-kart” behind a shed and was molested near McQueen and Warner roads, court paperwork said. The parents suspected maintenance staff and confronted them before calling the police.
“It feels very violating to have somebody that clearly was a predator working for, and had access to our apartments,” said neighbor Kaitlyn Bundy.
According to court paperwork, the boy told police he got to his bus stop too early, so no other kids were around. So he asked Delcampo, who was riding around in a golf cart, for help. Delcampo told the boy to follow him to the shed, where he molested him, investigators say. After Delcampo stopped, police say he told the boy to meet him back at the park.
Sgt. Jason McClimans said the information the victim provided played a key role in the investigation. “The golf cart and the description of clothing on Delcampo led to an arrest in this case,” said McCiimans, and the juvenile did the right thing.”
In an interview with police, the boy’s parents told officers they talked to different maintenance staff, including Delcampo. The boy’s mother said Delcampo appeared “scared,” and his face changed when he was told about the allegations, court documents say. DNA was later taken from all the men working at the complex, including Delcampo, in early August.
When speaking to the police, Delcampo claimed he had gone to work at the complex on the morning of the crime and went directly to the main office. He also said he talked to another coworker along the way and waited at the main office. However, that employee was interviewed by police and said he never spoke to Delcampo that morning. Video surveillance shows Delcampo driving a golf cart the morning of the incident.
Police said on Wednesday DNA found on the victim matched Delcampo, who was taken into custody on Thursday. However, Delcampo claimed innocence, stating it was “impossible” that his DNA was found on the boy, police said.
Arizona’s Family has also learned Delcampo has several other criminal cases pending against him, ranging from assault and driving on a suspended license to illegally discharging a weapon.
Some neighbors wonder how Delcampo was hired in the first place.
Resident Sonia Kettering said she feels for the young victim and his family. “Not a lot of people know, but I was sexually assaulted when I first moved here, and its definitely something I don’t wish upon anybody, especially a child,” said Kettering. “I am still not over it, and I know that boy is going to be traumatized.”
Delcampo was booked on two counts of molestation of a child and one count of kidnapping.
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