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Custodial employee of Gilbert school arrested for alleged sexual exploitation

Aug 5, 2021, 4:15 AM
Michael Aguilar (Scottsdale Police Department photo)...
Michael Aguilar (Scottsdale Police Department photo)
(Scottsdale Police Department photo)

PHOENIX — A custodial employee at a Gilbert elementary school was arrested Wednesday for alleged sexual exploitation, police said.

Michael Aguilar, 40, was arrested for multiple counts of aggravated luring a minor for sexual exploitation and furnishing harmful material to a minor, according to the Scottsdale Police Department.

Aguilar is an employee at Ashland Park Elementary School in Gilbert.

The man allegedly contacted multiple undercover detectives via a cellphone-based application whom he believed to be juveniles, police said.

Police said Aguilar allegedly engaged in sexually explicit conversations and disseminated harmful material.

This investigation is ongoing but there is no information Aguilar had any sexual contact with children at this time, police said.

The investigation began as part of the department’s Human Exploitation Unit to proactively target offenders seeking to sexually exploit children online and engage with them for the purposes of sexual conduct, police said.

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