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MUSD crossing guard arrested for sex crimes

Posted: 4:24 PM, Dec 15, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-16 05:25:18Z

A Marana Unified School District crossing guard was arrested for sex crimes Friday.

According to the Pima County Sheriff's Office, detectives executed a warrant at 60-year-old Billy Cruz's home in the 4100 block of West Avocado Street. While executing that warrant, detectives uncovered files containing images consistent with sexual exploitation of a minor. 

Cruz was charged with five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and transported to the Pima County Adult Detention Complex.

This investigation is ongoing. 

Marana Unified School District provided a statement in regards to these charges.

Their statement says Cruz has been employed since 2012 as a crossing guard at Thornydale Elementary School and Tortolita Middle School.

PCSD has informed the district that the charges against Cruz do not involve any MUSD students or property.

The Marana district takes this situation extremely seriously, and has taken immediate personnel action and placed Mr. Cruz on leave and assigned to home pending outcome of an investigation of his arrest.  Mr. Cruz went through all standard hiring processes including fingerprint and background check upon hire. Mr. Cruz has had no prior disciplinary issues while employed with the Marana district.