A convicted Mesa sex offender has been arrested on suspicion of six counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, police said.
Allen Louis Matta, 42, admitted during an interview inside the Mesa Police Department that he asked for sexual favors from five boys between the ages of 11 and 13 after encountering them alone or in pairs in the downtown area in March, on June 3 and July 2, police said.
"Defendant states he has impulses that he has trouble controlling and he needs help," court documents state. "Defendant also stated that he gets a thrill from being a victimizer."
But Joseph Assisi, Matta’s brother-in-law, said Matta’s confession was coerced during a two-hour interrogation Friday outside their home in the 900 block of South Macdonald.
The detectives questioned Matta without reading him his Miranda Rights despite the fact he is mentally ill and was vomiting as a result of the heat, Assisi said.
"All he does now is break down and cry. He doesn’t understand what’s going on," Assisi said. "He says ‘I don’t know if what the police are saying is true or not.’ ‘’
According to court documents, a man approached the boys — one boy on two different days — and asked if he could perform a sex act on them. The incidents happened in Fitch Park, the 100 block of North Robson, the 200 block of East Broadway Road, and the 100 block of North Macdonald.
"These are three separate groups of kids, none of whom know each other, who are giving us the same vehicle description, the same suspect description and a similar (method of operation)," said Mesa police detective Tim Gaffney.
Court records indicate Matta was sentenced to one year in jail and five years probation after pleading guilty to attempted sexual conduct with a minor in 1985.
Saturday, Matta was placed on house arrest with an electronic monitoring device following his initial court appearance, and ordered not to have contact