Arizona detention center worker accused of molesting migrant girl

Arizona detention center worker accused of molesting migrant girl
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A staff member at a Southwest Key detention facility in Arizona was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly inappropriately touching a 14-year-old girl, ABC 15 Arizona reported

The local ABC affiliate reported that Fernando Magaz Negrete, who works at the Southwest Key facility in Glendale, was seen by a juvenile witness inappropriately touching a young girl in late June, according to the Phoenix Police Department. 


Negrete, 32, reportedly touched the witnesses's roommate in their bedroom at the facility, according to court documents. The witness also accused Negrete of touching the girl's genitals and kissing her. 

The local ABC affiliate notes that video surveillance footage also shows Negrete going into the girl's bedroom multiple times during the night of June 27. 

Police contacted Negrete on Tuesday, who made statements regarding the accusations. ABC 15 reported that Negrete was booked into jail on charges of molestation, sexual abuse and aggravated assault. 

Negrete's arrest comes just a week after The Nation reported that a young girl was allegedly sexually abused by an older child who also was being held at a Phoenix-area detention facility operated by Southwest Key.

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHouse panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - As virus concerns grow, can it get worse for Trump? Latino man's death in Tucson fuels debate over police brutality on Hispanics MORE (D-Ariz.) on Wednesday called for the Department of Health and Human Services's inspector general to conduct an investigation into sexual abuse involving migrant children in custody of facilities operated by Southwest Key or other Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) contractors.

In his request, Gallego cited a number of issues involving claims of sexual abuse that have been reported from facilities run by Southwest Key and other ORR centers.

In addition to the report from The Nation, the ABC 15 notes that Phoenix police have conducted multiple investigations involving sexual misconduct at Southwest Key.