Originally Published: June 1, 2017 6:02 a.m.
A man who is allegedly in the country illegally has been charged with two counts of child molestation after authorities said he touched the genitals of a pre-teen girl in April, according to Sheriff’s spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn.
Juan Pelayo-Covarrubias, 38, of Phoenix, “knowingly and intentionally touched” the girl while they were riding a quad on a dirt road near the Bumble Bee exit of Interstate 17, D’Evelyn said.
“The suspect was in a position of trust at the time because he was in a relationship with the victim’s mother,” D’Evelyn said.
The arrest was delayed because the incident was first reported to Phoenix police, who then discovered that the alleged crime took place in Yavapai County.
A Yavapai County Sheriff’s detective arrested Pelayo-Covarrubias in Phoenix on May 24, and he has admitted to molesting the girl, D’Evelyn stated in a May 31 news release.
Pelayo-Covarrubias is being held without bond in the Camp Verde jail on the molestation charges and an immigration violation detainer, D’Evelyn said.