Mesa Police Arrest Former Church Volunteer On Child Molestation Charges

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Mesa Police Arrest Former Church Volunteer On Child Molestation Charges

A man who spent years volunteering at a valley church has been arrested on several charges, including child molestation.

This past April, Chandler Police Department detectives opened an investigation into an allegation of child molestation by 57-year-old James Rhodes of Mesa. The man volunteered at Arizona Avenue Baptist Church in Chandler (3701 N. Arizona Avenue) between 2003 and 2009, and this is where he came into contact with his alleged victim.

Rhodes worked in a sound booth while volunteering at the church, and according to the Chandler Police Department, he was remembered for always having candy for children and having them sit on his lap.

Rhodes also participated in Wednesday night Bible study and off-site sessions, which were often in the home of a parish member. On September 14, Mesa Police Detectives arrested Rhodes for an unrelated offense.  While he was incarcerated at the Maricopa County Jail, Chandler detectives filed seven counts of Child Rhodes was still incarcerated at the Maricopa County Jail, Chandler detectives filed seven counts of Child Molestation against him. He is charged with allegedly victimizing one child at the church and at the victim’s home.

Anyone with any information regarding James Rhodes and his involvement at the Arizona Avenue Baptist Church is asked to please contact the Chandler Police Department at (480) 782-4130.  When doing so reference police report #2017-46537.

For more information please visit the official website of the Chandler Police Department. 

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