Former Phoenix teacher arrested; accused of sex abuse charges

A former teacher and current City of Phoenix employee was arrested, accused of molesting a child and sexual abuse.

Police say Jose Ruben Mada was a teacher and teachers aide for 26 years, and has been a part-time employee with the City of Phoenix since 2012, working as an after school arts and crafts coordinator with kids ages 6-12 years old.

The woman said she saw Mada from time to time, she describes him as creepy and says he makes her uncomfortable. 

"I wouldn't be surprised, to be honest," said a woman..

FOX 10 is not identifying the woman who spoke out. She says she is not surprised to find out 53-year-old Jose Mada was arrested by Phoenix Child Crimes detectives Tuesday. He's now facing charges of child molestation and sexual abuse.

"I would see kids coming in through his house, I would be like what is he doing to them," she said.

The woman said Mada touched her and her sister inappropriately at their home eight years ago.

"He pulled my covers and slightly moved my hands up my legs, at that time when I moved somebody walked inside, so he ran to the restroom and tried to act like he was in there the whole time," she said.

Mada was arrested Tuesday after police say she admitted to inappropriately touching a family member at least seven times in the late 1990's. Authorities say new evidence led to his arrest Tuesday.

Detectives say there are investigations from various schools Mada taught at between 2000 and 2009, indicating he would touch students on their legs and kiss them.

His teaching certificate was surrendered in 2010. Police say Mada admitted he's been struggling with sexual addiction to children for many years.

The woman speaking out says her mother knew he allegedly touched her but was scared to report the crime eight years ago because she was not in the country legally. Now she says she plans to file a police report now.

"It's been bothering me," she said.

The City of Phoenix has started the termination process on Mada; he's being held in jail on no bond.

Police want to remind folks that they will not check immigration status of a crime victim or witness; their focus is on the crime that has been committed against them.
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