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May 1, 2013 12:19 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Search for child molester continues

TUCSON - The search continues for a brazen child molester.

One year ago this week, a man broke into a bedroom of a home near Snyder Road and Melpomene Way and sexually assaulted a six-year-old girl in front of two other girls, ages eight and ten.

The three were vacationing at their grandparent's house.

To date no suspects have been identified. An apparent hit on convenience store surveillance video ended with the man seen on the tape cleared.

Lt. David Theel of the Pima County Sheriff's Department's Violent Crimes Unit estimates his investigators have received more than 250 tips and followed-up over 200 leads.

"We've had a variety of people we've looked at and investigated, but not enough to make an arrest yet, " said Theel.

Detectives won't say how the intruder gain entry into the home. Although they will say evidence from the suspect was left behind.

"But it hasn't been quite enough that it gives us a solid lead to identify a suspect," added Theel.

"Well I'm sure everyone says this," said neighbor Errol Porter, "but this is a quiet neighborhood. Where we've never had anything like this."

Porter and his wife said they feel for the family, never expecting something like this to happen.

"These types of criminals, typically it's not a one-time incident, it tends to be a progression," said Theel.

Even deputies consider the case unusual.

"To break into a home when people are asleep, and then leave, is highly unusual," said Theel. "And to commit the acts he did, the crimes he did."

All the more reason authorities want the man captured and convicted.

While their search is focused on Tucson they've done some digging nationally for similar cases. So far, nothing.

They've even talked with Tucson Police to see if there's any connection to the disappearance of Isabel Celis.

"We don't think there's a connection, but we're not going to close the door and say there's not, because neither agency has a solid suspect in either case," said Theel.

The suspect is described as a white man in his 20s, with dark hair and dark colored glasses.

Anyone with information should call 911 or 88-crime.

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