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Chandler PD arrests dental assistant for abusing child patients



Chandler police reported finding photos of the child victims on the suspect’s phone, court records show.

CHANDLER, Ariz. — A dental assistant has been arrested for allegedly molesting child patients during x-ray exams in Chandler, court records show.

Deion Garcia, 27, was taken into custody on May 10 after children accused him of inappropriately touching them during a dental appointment at an office near Chandler Heights Road and Arizona Avenue.

Court records show a 6-year-old girl told Chandler police that Garcia allegedly pulled her shorts down, touched her and then took photos of her on his cell phone. Another girl claimed the suspect committed similar actions to them in September 2022.

During the investigation, police found evidence of a possible third child victim who may have been abused by Garcia. 

Records show police allegedly found photos of the victims on the suspect’s cell phone. 

Records show that Garcia has apparently worked at the East Valley dental office for at least two years. It is still unknown how many child patients may have been harmed by the suspect.

Chandler police said the case remains under investigation.

Garcia is facing charges of child molestation and sexual exploitation of a minor.

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