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*Mexican Authorities Arrest Former School Custodian Wanted for San Jose Child Molestation

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A former Saratoga High School custodian wanted for child molestation charges in San Jose has been arrested in Mexico, the U.S. Marshals Service announced today. Juan Morales Jauregui, 38, was arrested Thursday in the Mexican state of Jalisco, said Johnny Sanford, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals office in San Francisco. Sanford said Mexico’s Agencia Federal de Investigacion, in cooperation with his office, located Jauregui’s residence in the town of  Zapopan and tracked him to make the arrest. He was transported to a Mexico City prison and will undergo extradition proceedings to the United States, Sanford said. Earlier this year, police received a tip and served a search warrant to Jauregui’s home in San Jose. Investigators allegedly discovered videos and images of child pornography, as well as images of Jauregui molesting several prepubescent children.  A subsequent investigation identified three children shown in the
images, according to police. Two children told investigators about several lewd acts that occurred over several years, police said.  San Jose police had been unable to locate Jauregui at the time of the investigation, and he had not been seen or heard from locally since January 23. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, his car was later found near a hotel on First Street in San Jose near the airport.  As a result of the investigation, Jauregui faces a total of 12 counts related to child pornography or child molestation, according to Santa Clara County District Attorney spokeswoman Amy Cornell. No court date has been set in Santa Clara County because Jauregui is still in Mexico.

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