PD: Family friend accused in Mesa child molestation, Chandler charges pending

MESA, AZ - A Mesa man is accused of molesting a child multiple times back in July.

Mesa police report that on September 14, 57-year-old James Steven Rhodes was arrested for allegedly molesting a prepubescent girl multiple times in July of this year.

Police say the victim told her parents that she "had a secret" with Rhodes, who is a family acquaintance.

Upon his arrest, Rhodes allegedly admitted to police that he sexually touched the girl several times at his home near Country Club Drive and Guadalupe Road. He reportedly told police, "It felt good."

Rhodes has been charged with six counts of child molestation and one count of sexual conduct with a minor.

Court paperwork shows that Chandler police have two cases with Rhodes and additional charges are expected to be filed.

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