Chandler man accused of molesting 2 girls

Posted at 1:48 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 23:13:40-05

A Chandler man is accused of molesting two young girls he sometimes drove to school.

According to court documents, Manuel Lopez Perez, 28, would help out his neighbor and drive the two sisters to school twice a week.

One victim was in high school and the other in elementary school, according to the report.

Police said the family noticed the younger sister began "acting oddly" when Perez was around.

The next time Perez took the girls to school, the step-father waited at Perez's apartment complex. Perez dropped the older girl off at high school and brought the second girl to his apartment instead of dropping her off at school.

The step-father confronted Perez, who denied any wrong-doing.

During an interview with police, the older girl said Perez molested her when she was a pre-teen. The young girl said she had been molested for the past two months.

When questioned by detectives, Perez reportedly said "he's only human" and that the young girl touched him inappropriately first.

Perez requested an attorney when he was questioned about his relationship with the older girl.

He's being held without bond on multiple charges of sexual abuse, child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor.