A crossing guard in the Marana Unified School District has been arrested for sexual exploitation of a minor.
Billy Cruz, 60, was arrested on Friday by Pima County Sheriff's deputies after a search warrant uncovered files containing images of a child being sexually exploited.
The department was tipped off by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after a report that Cruz was uploading disturbing images to his Google account.
He is now charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Cruz has worked for the district since August 2012 at Thornydale Elementary School and Tortolita Middle School.
He has been placed on leave by the district pending the outcome of the investigation.
The district said in a statement that Cruz went through a background check before being hired and has had no disciplinary issues.
The Marana Unified School District send the following statement to parents:
Because we value the importance of communicating with our parents, we are writing you regarding the arrest of Bill Cruz, the school crossing guard at Thornydale Elementary and Tortolita Middle. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department informed our District that Mr. Cruz was arrested today for alleged Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
We want to assure you that Mr. Cruz’s arrest does not involve any MUSD students or any property of MUSD.
Please know that we take this situation extremely seriously, and the Marana district has taken immediate personnel action and placed Mr. Cruz on leave. We recognize that you may have questions and may also feel a range of emotions surrounding this. However, due to confidentiality and personnel laws, we are limited in the information that may be publicly disclosed.
We want to take this opportunity to again thank you for your continued support of our students, staff, and outstanding schools.
Zach Singer, Thornydale PrincipalRex Scott, Tortolita Middle Principal
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