Bruce Branscom, Jose Alfredo Rivera Arrested in Two Separate Molestations of 12-Year-Olds; Rivera Claims Girl Forced Herself on Him

Jose Alfredo Rivera of Glendale and Bruce Allan Branscom of Mesa likely don't know each other, but they've got something in common:

Both were arrested on New Year's Day for allegedly molesting 12-year-old girls.

The situations are separate, but also shockingly similar. The suspects knew the victims in both cases.

Branscom's a 28-year-old Internet designer who's accused of touching the breasts and vagina of a 12-year-old girl over several weeks, court records show. She's 13 now.

Police arrested him after hearing from the girl and her mother -- he lawyered up right away.

Rivera, 50, on the other hand, admitted his crimes to police. He didn't have much choice since he'd recorded two of the sexual offenses on video. His 30-year-old son found an SD card in his bathroom containing the recordings and turned them over to police. In one video, the suspect reportedly can be seen having intercourse with the girl.

But Rivera has a defense:

His victim began forcing him to perform sex acts since she was 9, he told police.

"Jose said that he made the videos of them having sexual contact to show that (she) was forcing him to do these acts," records state.

Both men are being held in the Maricopa County jail on charges of sexual conduct with a minor. Police also seek a charge of sexual abuse for Branscom and sexual exploitation for Rivera.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.