Janitor arrested for alleged sexual assaults

A Far North­east Phil­adelphia Cath­ol­ic grade school jan­it­or was ar­res­ted early this month in con­nec­tion with a series of al­leged sexu­al as­saults of chil­dren who have not at­ten­ded the school.

On June 13, Mu­ni­cip­al Court Judge Frank Palumbo in­creased the bail amount from $15,000 to $1.5 mil­lion for Velez Lu­is, 52, who failed to post 10 per­cent of the lar­ger fig­ure and re­mains in jail at the Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity.

Phil­adelphia po­lice ar­res­ted Lu­is on June 8 at Our Lady of Cal­vary School, 11023 Kip­ling Lane. One day later, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports, the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia is­sued let­ters to par­ents of the school’s stu­dents in­form­ing them of the ar­rest.

Ac­cord­ing to Mu­ni­cip­al Court re­cords, Lu­is is ac­cused in four sep­ar­ate cases dat­ing from 2001 at least through 2006.

He is charged with in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sexu­al in­ter­course, ag­grav­ated in­de­cent as­sault, in­de­cent as­sault of a child un­der 13 (four counts), cor­rup­tion of minors (four counts), en­dan­ger­ing the wel­fare of chil­dren (four counts), sexu­al con­tact with a minor (four counts), in­de­cent ex­pos­ure (two counts) and simple as­sault (three counts).

Lu­is knew the vic­tims through a fam­ily re­la­tion, news re­ports said. The charges do not in­volve cur­rent or former Cal­vary stu­dents. Lu­is re­portedly worked as a jan­it­or at the school for three years.

On­line court re­cords show no pri­or con­vic­tions or ar­rests for Lu­is. A pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing has not been sched­uled. ••

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