Richard Espinoza-Valdez

East Valley Tribune

The investigation started after a Saguaro High School student noticed a lunch worker following a classmate while angling a box lid with a camera hidden in it under her skirt.

That student notified administrators. And a day later, Richard Espinoza-Valdez, 28, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was arrested on charges that could land him in jail for seven years.

Espinoza-Valdez, who had worked at three Scottsdale schools as a temporary food services, was arrested Nov. 6.

A clearer picture of how police identified victims emerged Tuesday, when police released the report in the case.

A student originally alerted the school about the worker?s behavior Nov. 5. Assistant principals Robert Akhbari and Greg Sackos watched Espinoza-Valdez during lunch the next day as he followed a girl in a short dress, angling the box top beneath her skirt, the report says.

The administrators asked Espinoza-Valdez if they could look through his camera. He obliged.

Akhbari noticed a recent video clip, but couldn?t make it play. When he asked Espinoza-Valdez to play the clip, the food worker instead deleted the image and denied anything inappropriate had been on the camera.

When police interviewed him, Espinoza-Valdez admitted to taking 10 videos at Saguaro, Chaparral High School and Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Espinoza-Valdez told police he had started his videotaping about a month earlier. He said he enjoyed looking at them and was especially interested in capturing images of girls between 16 and 19.

Police recovered three deleted videos featuring images from under girls? skirts.

In the next few days, police identified three victims between the ages of 14 and 17.

Police have stopped looking for additional victims, Sgt. Mark Clark said. ?We?re not able to determine where the rest of (the incidents) took place, so we don?t believe there is anymore follow up we can do to identify victims,? he said.

Two Saguaro victims told police they hadn?t been aware the video had been taken. One student said she noticed a food services worker walking close behind her, ?but was afraid to turn around and confront him.?

Espinoza-Valdez was indicted on one felony count of surreptitious videotaping and photographing, two counts of attempted surreptitious videotaping and photographing and two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct.

8 Responses to “Illegal School Lunch Worker Arrested Making Up-Skirt Videos”
  1. Matthew says:

    He’ll bail out for a couple of hundred bucks, end up in some other state, go onto molesting and murdering little girls etc etc… All because he has rights you know? More rights than his American victims do. This guy should be the poster child for that law that goes into affect January 1st 2008 there in Arizona. Now if any one wants to argue as to why illegal aliens should be employed here in the United States, just bring this guy’s fake alias name up. How in the F did this illegal alien cock roach end up getting a job requiring contact with America future in the first place?

    Check ss# for sure.

  2. George says:

    yeah Matthew all employees of schools are Must have a criminal back ground check and why did that check turn up that he was an Illegal.

  3. Eddie B. says:

    I hope he washed his hands while working with food…

  4. NoYouCant says:

    “One student said she noticed a food services worker walking close behind her, ?but was afraid to turn around and confront him.?”

    That breaks my heart. “Afraid” at school.

  5. gpatriot says:

    Let`s mail this to Janet at La Raza.

  6. Sandman says:

    More wonderful diversity from our colorful southern neighbors!

  7. The Watchdog says:

    Good one Eddie.

  8. melody says:

    He looks creepy. Who would want to hire him if that’s how he normally looks? Oh, he’s an “immigrant” so hire him anyway. Being an “immigrant” makes everything forgiveable, even being creepy.

    He is illegal and only deserves to be called an invader.

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