"House Dad"/Mesa Teacher's Aide Arrested for Molesting 13-Year-Old Girl

On his Facebook page, 54-year-old Lonnie Hendricks lists his employment as "house dad." According to Hendricks, he "could not ask for a more rewarding position" -- which might have something to do with some of the duties that apparently come with the gig, notably kissing the breasts of his 13-year-old step-daughter.

But wait, it gets worse -- he's also a teacher's aide employed by the Mesa Public School District.

Hendricks got popped last week after his step-son walked in on him kissing the girl's breasts and called police.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Hendricks immediately copped to molesting the girl.

After he got Mirandized, Hendricks went even further. He told cops he often asked the girl to show him her breasts, and that he'd been kissing them for about a year. He also admitted to rubbing the girl's vagina over clothes.

The victim later told police that Hendricks' abuse happened frequently -- she told cops the breast-kissing occurred once or twice a week for a year.

Hendric's, Mesa Public School officials tell New Times, worked as a teacher's aide at an elementary school. He's still currently employed, they say -- for now. Officials say they just learned of the allegations against Hendricks this mornings.

Hendricks, meanwhile, is glad he got caught. At the time of his arrest, Hendricks told cops his arrest would force him to stop abusing the girl, which is a good thing.

He's been charged with one count of child molestation and one count of sexual abuse.

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