Alleged Sex Abuse At Migrant Children's Facility

posted by Debra Dale - 

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(Phoenix, AZ)  --  A man is facing charges for allegedly molesting a young teen who was being held at a facility housing migrant children separated from their parents.  On Tuesday, police arrested Fernando Negrete, an employee at the Southwest Key facility in Phoenix.  According to court records, a 16-year-old girl reported seeing Negrete enter their room on June 27 and sexually assault the 14-year-old female victim.  The documents also say authorities reviewed surveillance video showing him entering the room several times throughout that night.  He was booked into jail on charges of molestation, sexual abuse and aggravated assault.   The Phoenix facility is where First Lady Melania Trump visited in June.

Arizona Representative Ruben Gallego is asking the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate widespread reports of sexual abuse involving migrant children in federal custody.  The incidents include physical and sexual abuse suffered by a six-year-old girl at a Southwest Key facility in Glendale.

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