PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A former employee of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has been arrested on charges related to sex abuse and molestation of children.
On Wednesday, 62-year-old Kirk Meisner of Waddell was taken into custody. Meisner is a former deputy sheriff with Maricopa County. He worked at MCSO from 1977-2001. He retired in 2001.
Meisner's arrest comes after a year-long investigation.
On July 9, 2017, deputies responded to a 911 caller, who reported that Meisner had inappropriately touched two girls on multiple occasions, most recently on June 19, 2017.
During a later interview by a forensic interviewer, both victims disclosed being touched inappropriately multiple times by the suspect.
Following the victim interviews, detectives obtained additional information from the victims' parents. The parents explained they had confronted the Meisner themselves, at which time he made incriminating statements pertaining to the allegations.
Sheriff Paul Penzone said in a statement: “Crimes involving children are among the worst that we investigate as part of our duty to the public, and it is especially difficult to learn that one of our former employees is the suspect in this case. We will continue to enforce the law without favor or prejudice, no matter who is involved.”
Detectives contacted Meisner and attempted to interview him about the allegations. He invoked his right to remain silent.
Detectives later submitted the case to the County Attorney, and on Nov. 21, 2018, detectives received notification from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office that an arrest warrant had been issued for Meisner.
He faces six charges, including one count of child molestation, one count of attempted child molestation and four counts of sexual abuse.
Meisner was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on Wednesday.
There are no known additional victims at this time, but detectives will continue the investigation.