Federal authorities have arrested two men in a series of rapes of girls whose attacker posed as a police officer on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
The task force arrested Jesse Dupris, 26, and Jeremy Reed, 23, on Friday night, said Warren Youngman, a BIA spokesman. They were being held on charges including abduction, unlawful restraint, public sexual indecency, sexual conduct with a minor, molestation of a child, impersonating a tribal officer and assault with intent to cause serious physical injury.
What relationship, if any, exists between Aday and the other two men was not immediately clear.
Since November 2005, a man posing as a police officer raped 15 girls ranging from 11 to 19 years old on a trail in Whiteriver, the capital of the White Mountain Apache Indian Tribe, authorities said. The man told the girls they were under arrest, handcuffed them and then raped them.
Youngman said Dupris and Reed worked together as tribal security officers, patrolling the homes that border the trail. He would not say what led investigators to the two men.