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Police bust kindergarten teacher and another in sex chat sting operation

Taylor Higgins

Thomas Hand was arrested by Tucson Police on one count of luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, both felony offenses.

Police bust kindergarten teacher and another in sex chat sting operation

CREATED Aug. 13, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 13, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Tucson Police say two men have been arrested for attempting to lure a minor for sex.

One of the men arrested was a Baboquivari School District teacher, according to Sgt. Hawke with the Tucson Police Department.

The family of a 13-year-old boy called 9-1-1 after they discovered that numerous communications had transpired between the boy and various adult males, Hawke said.

Police discovered that the 13-year-old boy posted an advertisement in July 2013, according to Hawke.

Detectives from the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit began an investigation and started to correspond with the males while pretending to be the 13-year old boy.

During the communications, the detectives advised the men that "he" was an underage juvenile, and they continued to correspond with "him."

Police say that one of the men, later identified as 64-year-old Thomas Hand, described explicit sexual acts in which he wished to engage with the 13-year old boy, according to Hawke.

Police set up a meeting location and date with Hand and took him into custody.

Hand was ultimately charged with one count of luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, both felony offenses, Hawke said.

Another man, later identified as 26-year-old Jaime Miguel Campos Jr. sent explicit photographs to the 13-year-old-boy during the course of their communications, according to Hawke.

Much like Hand, Campos Jr. described explicit sexual acts in which he wished to engage with the 13-year old boy, Hawke said.

Police again set up a meeting date and location and they took Campos Jr. into custody. He was charged with one count of aggravated luring of a minor for sexual exploitation and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor, both felony offenses, according to Hawke.

Police tell KGUN9 that Campos Jr. was employed as a kindergarten teacher in Sells, Ariz. since 2010.

The school district released a statement Tuesday saying Campos was dismissed as an employee at the end of July.

The statement said in part, "Based on his charges, it renders it impossible for Mr. Campos to effectively be a teacher in our district...these allegations are a blow to our community."

Detectives notified the superintendent of the school district in Sells, Ariz. and advised him of both the investigation and arrest.  

9OYS also learned Campos taught religious education for seven years at Our Lady of Fatima Church on Tucson's westside. The Diocese of Tucson tells us Campos passed all necessary background checks at the time. But his clearances have been revoked. He will not be teaching anymore.

Campos is also facing several molestation charges in an unrelated case involving a youn girl. The Pima County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

Both Hand and Campos are out on bond tonight. They are due back in court on August 16th.

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