Bruce Melvin Peacock -Foster Carer Admits to being Pedophile-Arrested for Abuse
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Peoria man, 61, allegedly molested girl, 16 over 10-year period
PHOENIX – Marciopa County detectives have arrested a 61-year-old Peoria resident for molesting a 16-year-old foster girl over the course of 10 years, Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced Friday, Nov. 1.
Bruce Melvin Peacock was arrested at a United Parcel Service facility, 3150 N. 31st Ave., where he works as a driver, Mr. Arpaio stated in a prepared release. The arrest took place Thursday, Oct. 31.
Detectives with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit were alerted to the sexual misconduct Sept. 20, when the teemage victim told her school counselor she had been touched sexually by her foster father.
During the investigation, sheriff’s detectives learned Mr. Peacock had had sexual contact with his victim since she was 6-years-old and that he continued to have sexual contact with her over the years.
Sheriff’s detectives also learned that the 16-year-old had tipped off her foster father just before telling the school and a family friend, stating to him that “she needed to tell someone.” Peacock advised her not to or he would end up in jail.
Shortly after receiving that call, Mr. Peacock allegedly called family members and friends and admitted to them he was a pedophile and didn’t know why. One person recorded the phone call and turned it over to Sheriff’s detectives.
Days after the admission Mr. Peacock checked himself into a local hospital for mental-health issues. Medical records obtained by Sheriff’s detectives show that he admitted to the hospital staff that he was guilty of molesting his 16-year-old foster daughter and provided more information on his inappropriate contact with the victim.
Mr. Peacock was booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on three counts each of molestation of a child, sexual conduct with a minor and sexual abuse. He is being held without bond.