Crime

Christian Turcios, Alleged Kiddie-Porn Star/Church Janitor, Almost Beat Child Molestation Rap -- Then Cops Found His Video Collection

It's often good to quit while you're ahead -- for example, if you almost beat a child molestation rap, you might want to think about not molesting kids anymore.

Christian Turcios, a 26-year-old custodian at the Highlands Church in Scottsdale, didn't quit while he was ahead -- after basically beating the rap on a child molestation case in 2010, Turcios allegedly got into the kiddie-porn biz, starring in his own movies.

Phoenix police were first called about Turcios in July of 2010, when it was alleged that he molested an 11-year-old boy at a church summer camp at Phoenix First Assembly, where he was volunteering.

Turcios refused to cooperate with police, and skipped an interview he'd scheduled with detectives.

According to Phoenix police, at the time, there wasn't sufficient evidence to make an arrest -- although, Turcios' still listed as a suspect.

So Turcios was a free man -- free to continue volunteering at churches full of children. Recently, he was hired to work as a janitor at Highland Church, where he'd also babysat many of the church's members' kids.

In October, Phoenix police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations started a "proactive investigation" into the exchange of kiddie-porn over the Internet. The authorities' investigation led them to Turcios.


In December, authorities got a warrant to search Turcios' home -- which is where they found a pretty extensive collection of (gulp) "child erotica."

Police found several images of children having sex. They also found videos of Turcios having sex with boys between the ages of 13-16.

Additionally, cops found a video of a 7-year-old boy undressing. The boy, it turns out, was one of the many children Turcios babysat through the Highland Church.

According to the Phoenix PD, Turcios "placed himself in positions where he could be around children during church camps and other activities. We are aware of at least three other victims (based on evidence collected at his home) however we have been unable to identify them at this time."

For now, Turcios has been booked on 13 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, 26 counts of child molestation, and 13 counts of unlawfully recording. He's being held without bond.

Anyone with information about Turcio is asked to call Phoenix police.
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James King
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