Sierra Vista man arrested on molestation charges

A 46-year-old Sierra Vista man was arrested Wednesday on half-a-dozen charges that include sexual conduct with a minor and child molestation, officials said Thursday.

Stanford L. Ferrell was booked into the Cochise County jail in Bisbee and remained there Thursday in lieu of $250,000 bond, according to a news release from the Sierra Vista Police Department.

The charges stem from two separate investigations, the first of which began in July 2004 after a report was made to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, said Carol Capas, an agency spokeswoman.

At the time, Ferrell was accused of molesting three boys, two of whom were 16 and the other who was 12, Capas said.

She did not know how Ferrell came into contact with the boys but said they were not related to him.

The case was forwarded to the Cochise County Attorney’s Office, but the sheriff’s office never received any updates on whether charges were filed, Capas said.

The second investigation began in October 2006 when Sierra Vista police began looking into an incident involving Ferrell and a 13-year-old, said Sgt. Daryl Copp, a Sierra Vista PD spokesman.
Copp could not say if the child was a boy or a girl and he did not know how Ferrell came into contact with the victim.

During that investigation, Sierra Vista Police discovered the 2004 Cochise County Sheriff’s Office case, but no charges had been filed, Copp said.

Ferrell was taken in to custody Wednesday at his home in the 900 block of Catalina Drive in Sierra Vista, Copp said.

He was arrested on three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and three counts of child molestation.

Online court records do not indicate that Ferrell has been arrested in the past on any criminal offense. He is not a registered sex offender, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s online registry.

Cochise County Attorney Ed Rheinheimer could not be reached Thursday afternoon to discuss what action, if any, was taken on the 2004 case.
Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 4:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

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