Man suspected of sexual assault near school arrested

Three girls were victims, sheriff's office says

Posted 12/13/17

A Denver man was arrested in the area of Arapahoe High School in Centennial after a month in which multiple reports told authorities a man was making unlawful sexual contact with teenage girls, a …

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Man suspected of sexual assault near school arrested

Three girls were victims, sheriff's office says

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A Denver man was arrested in the area of Arapahoe High School in Centennial after a month in which multiple reports told authorities a man was making unlawful sexual contact with teenage girls, a news release from the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said.

Sergio Gallegos-Munoz is suspected of approaching the girls from behind and grabbing their buttocks, according to reports to the sheriff's office. Gallegos-Munoz, 40, was arrested and booked into the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility on three counts each of sexual assault on a child and unlawful sexual contact.

Three girls were victims in the incidents, said Julie Brooks, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

The incidents occurred in the area of East Dry Creek Road and South University Boulevard, where Arapahoe High School sits, but none happened on the grounds of the campus, according to the sheriff's office. The unlawful contacts occurred in the area of the 7500 block of South University Boulevard and inside the Starbucks at 7521 S. Univesrity Boulevard.

After receiving the reports, which detailed the incidents in November and early December, sheriff's investigators put a surveillance operation underway. At about 6 a.m. Dec. 11, investigators conducted surveillance at the Starbucks when a man matching the suspect's description walked in. An employee familiar with the reports told investigators this was the man she recalled seeing when the reports were made, and a victim, who was also in the Starbucks at the time, also identified him as the suspect.

Gallegos-Munoz was taken into custody at the Starbucks.

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