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Police ask for help in sex crime case



Police have arrested a Prescott Valley man who was a long-time employee of the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic on multiple charges of sex crimes against children.

Prescott Valley police arrested Joe Cervantes, 50, on Nov. 14 but, because of their investigation, did not release the information until this week.

"We have no reason to believe any clients of the facility were involved," said Laura Norman, spokeswoman for the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic.

Police began investigating Cervantes after his live-in girlfriend found a video of him performing numerous sex acts on two minor female children whom he knew, police said in a press release.

The girlfriend, who found the video in the home she shared with Cervantes, took it to police.

Police say they have identified the children in the video.

Police booked Cervantes into the Yavapai County Jail on the following charges:

• Five counts of sexual assault.

• Five counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

• Seven counts of child molestation.

• One count of voyeurism.

• Four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Norman said West Yavapai Guidance Clinic officials put Cervantes on administrative leave as soon as they became aware of the investigation.

"He was subsequently terminated," Norman said.

She added that Cervantes worked in a non-clinical capacity and had no client contact while employed at the clinic.

If anyone has any further information about the case, police are asking them to contact the Prescott Valley Police Dept. at 928-772-9261.

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