Authorities: Marana crossing guard caught with child porn

Authorities: Marana crossing guard caught with child porn

MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A cross guarding working for the Marana Unified School District has been caught with child pornography, authorities said.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department said Billy Cruz, 60, was arrested on five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to the MUSD, Cruz has been working for the district since August 2012 and was a crossing guard at Thornydale Elementary at Tortolita Middle.

The charges against Cruz do not involve any Marana student or property, according to the PCSD and MUSD.

"The district takes this situation extremely seriously, and has taken immediate personnel action and placed Mr. Cruz on leave pending outcome of an investigation of his arrest," MUSD said in a news release. "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."

The PCSD said the investigation began when they received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children "regarding a report of disturbing images being uploaded from a Google account in Pima County."

Cruz was arrested Friday, Dec. 15, at his home in the 4100 block of West Avocado Street.

"Detectives uncovered files containing images consistent with sexual exploitation of a minor," the PCSD said in a news release.

Below is a copy of the letter sent to parents of students at Thornydale and Tortolita:

To Thornydale Elementary and Tortolita Middle School Parents/Guardians:

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