Mesa police officer accused of sex crimes

MESA, AZ - A Mesa police officer faces charges after he allegedly engaged in sexual contact with two female victims and molested a child under the age of 15.

Justin Cherry, 34, is charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual molestation of a child, according to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Cherry turned himself him Friday afternoon and remains in custody without bond.

The charges against Cherry stem from investigations he conducted while on duty in 2013, according to the County Attorney’s Office.

The Mesa Police Department said Cherry, a 13 year veteran of the department, has been on administrative leave since August 2013 while the criminal investigation was underway.

Police said the accusations by the three victims discussed Cherry touching female suspects during searches while they were detained.

After the accusations were investigated and the case was presented to the County Attorney's Office and then to a Grand Jury.

The Grand Jury handed down an indictment late Thursday and a warrant was issued for Cherry's arrest. He was taken into custody without incident after he turned himself in at police headquarters on Friday.

Mesa police said they believe this is an isolated event and that they "will not tolerate acts of this nature."



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