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N4T Investigators: A father's fury

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Tucson - "It's every parent's worst nightmare."

He's a father who's furious, believing his son is being made out to be a liar. It stems from an incident that happened on March 4, 2016. His 17-year old son was walking home from Canyon del Oro High School on Oracle Rd. in Oro Valley. The boy told police that a man drove up and asked him "five or six times" if he wanted a ride. The boy said no.

His father picks it up from there: "Then he went and U-turned, came back around, and became more persistent, asking him, 'Come on,' trying to coerce him into his vehicle."

The boy said he felt threatened so he picked up a handful of rocks, and then the man drove away. Three weeks later, Oro Valley Police arrested 66-year old Jesus Greer, a former superintendent of Douglas schools, in a nearby shopping center parking lot. Greer was charged only for having an open container violation and littering. But in the interim, police records show, they conducted surveillance on Greer. On March 24 of last year, Det. Zachary Young questioned Greer. The News 4 Tucson Investigators have obtained the audio of that interrogation.

Detective: "So here's what happened is. We got tips on you, on your vehicle, your license plate,  And, so I showed a photo lineup with your photo in it to the student, OK?"

Greer: "Oh yeah."

Detective: "And he identified you."

Greer told police he thought the boy looked "sluggish" and that he was just trying to be a good Samaritan.

Greer: "What is the world coming to, you know? Where is this whole thing about being a good Samaritan or helping somebody who obviously needs a little bit of help?"

Detective: "How many times did you ask him for a ride?"

Greer: " Just once. I got to have to tell you that I did not, absolutely, absolutely did not ask him again."

The boy's father says, "Mr. Greer, if you think you're a victim, and if you were truly trying to help my son, why didn't you call the police?  Why didn't you call 911 if my son was in distress, why did you leave him?"

Oro Valley Police later issued a news release, with Greer's mug shot, saying he fit the description of the person in the green van that approached the C-D-O student. A week later, police closed the case. The official report says "At this point, no criminal violation occurred...."  Police did not elaborate as to why, and declined an interview with the News 4 Tucson Investigators, citing pending litigation. 

As we previously reported, Jesus Greer is suing the Oro Valley Police Department and the town for defamation, seeking more than a million dollars, saying police shouldn't have issued that release and Greer's mug shot in connection with the stranger danger incident, because he was never charged with that.

However, the News 4 Tucson Investigators have learned that this was far from Jesus Greer's first run-in with police.

The boy's father says, "Last time I checked, pillars of our community don't have numerous confrontations with police."

Marana Police records show Greer was involved in eight alcohol-related incidents between 2009 and 2015, mostly for having open containers. All but one were dismissed.

In Oct. of 2014, Greer was questioned, but not charged, after a woman told  police she was walking in the parking lot of the Fry's store at Silverbell and Cortaro when Greer approached her and made "inappropriate comments." Greer said he just asked if she needed help because she was carrying a lot of groceries. 

From the audio tape:

Greer: "She felt uncomfortable with it I guess. And I says, 'Well, I'm sorry, I  just thought that I was...."

Detective: "And that's what we're talking about here right now, and so having said that, that this has happened in the past, there's something that you're doing that...because people ask for, you know, people for help all the time and they don't call the police.  There's something that you're doing, Mr. Greer, that is making people feel uncomfortable."

Now, three years later, the  father of the boy in the stranger danger incident says he doesn't understand why Greer was not charged. And, in his opinion, Greer is trying to profit from it. 

We asked the father, "You're angry about this lawsuit aren't you?" He replied, "I'm disgusted."

The News 4 Tucson Investigators have also learned that just this past January, Jesus Greer pleaded guilty in a plea agreement in Bisbee, for having an open container in his car last November.

If you have a story you'd like us to investigate, email us at investigators@kvoa.com or call our tip line at 520-955-4444.

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