Deputies looking for suspected Florence child molester

2013-10-17T08:39:00Z 2013-10-17T15:15:14Z Deputies looking for suspected Florence child molesterKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 17, 2013 8:39 am  • 

Pinal County sheriff’s investigators are looking for a suspected child molester.

Robert Richard Guardiola, 43, was being investigated for sexually abusing two Florence girls for several years, Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.

The investigation began Sept. 19, when a girl and her mother made a report to the sheriff’s department.

“As detectives began investigating this case, an additional victim was identified who also reported she too had been sexually abused and molested by Guardiola over several years,” Gaffney said.

The victims were both under the age of 14 when the alleged crimes were committed and Guardiola has family ties to both victims.

Guardiola, who disappeared after detectives began investigating the two cases, is described as 5-feet-6 and 230 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen driving a black BMW with Arizona registration BCN7751.

He was previously arrested for possession of marijuana, Gaffney said.

Copyright 2014 Arizona Daily Star. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

About this blog

The Star's public safety reporters comb through police reports, and tell you what you've missed.

Police Beat updates

Deals, offers & events

View more...