A Tucson PTA president is accused of voyeurism

2014-05-04T00:00:00Z A Tucson PTA president is accused of voyeurismBy Kimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The president of a Tucson elementary school PTA was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism after police say he took a photo of a teenaged girl in a clothing store dressing room.

Aaron Lee Garibay, 31, was booked into the Pima County jail April 24 in connection with the incident that police say occurred April 13 in a thrift store on East 22nd Street. Voyeurism is a Class 5 felony.

The mother of the 17-year-old girl called police after the teen saw someone in an adjoining dressing room hold a cell phone over the top of the wall to take a photo of her. The teen and her mother confronted Garibay before calling police, said Sgt. Pete Dugan, Tucson Police Department spokesman.

“Detectives confirmed the 17-year-old’s story by looking at the surveillance video,” Dugan said.

The video showed Garibay was not carrying any clothing when he entered the dressing room, police said.

Garibay is president of the Parent Teacher Association at Steele Elementary School in the Tucson Unified School District. Steele Elementary is at 700 S. Sarnoff Drive between East Broadway and East 22nd Street.

TUSD spokeswoman Cara Rene released a statement on behalf of the district: “TUSD has been made aware of this person’s arrest. It does not appear that this incident is in any way related to Steele Elementary School.

“The PTA itself would have to determine if the role of the president is affected by this and how they would handle it within their organization, as it’s an entity outside of the school or district,” Rene continued. “The PTA president’s role on campus is that of a parent and that person is not a district employee that is in the classroom. TUSD is looking further into this incident to learn more about the situation.”



Contact reporter Kimberly Matas at kmatas@azstarnet.com

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