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Deputies arrest Cordes man after neighbor reports sexual gestures

Leonard Combest

Leonard Combest

Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies on Saturday arrested a Cordes Lakes man on several charges after they responded to a call about a sex offense, according to a Monday news release from YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.

On Jan. 8 at about 12:15 p.m., deputies responded to Deer Valley Lane in Cordes Lakes, where the father of a 10-year-old girl reported witnessing a neighbor make sexual gestures towards his daughter, the release stated.

He and his daughter had been in their front yard when a man, later identified as Leonard Combest, 61, walked by and said, "Hi."

Within a few moments, the release stated, the father saw Combest make pelvic thrusting motions while facing his daughter and within several feet of her. When the father confronted Combest about the gestures, Combest threatened him and walked away.

While the father was on the phone with YCSO dispatchers, his wife told him she heard a noise in the bushes adjacent to their home. She and her daughter saw Combest attempting to conceal himself behind the bushes. The 10-year-old girl was on the porch at the time, about 20 feet from Combest. His wife also noticed Combest was rubbing his genital area with the palm of his hand, D'Evelyn said in the release.

Combest left before deputies arrived and the girl's parents watched him enter a nearby home. Deputies checked the area where Combest had been hiding, and discovered a makeshift blind and clearing which allowed a concealed view of the victim's porch and front yard.

Deputies contacted Combest at the home he was seen entering on Deer Valley Lane. They also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Deputies booked Combest into the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including, Voyeurism, Disorderly Conduct, Threatening/Intimidation, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Combest remains in custody on a $4,000 bond.

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