Sex offender faces court in its judgment of 2 Arizona girls killed

FILE – This undated file photo released by the Police Department of Tucson, on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 shows Christopher Matthew Clements, 36. Clements, a registered sex offender will appear in a Tucson court for the first time to face charges in the death of two girls. Clements is scheduled for arraignment Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Pima County on multiple counts, including two of first-degree murder and kidnapping. The 36-year-old, already serving time in Phoenix for burglary charges, was indicted earlier this month on 21 counts. Tucson police have not said what led to them research of Clements in the murder of 6-year-old Isabel Celis, and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez. (Tucson Police via AP, File)

TUCSON, Arizona. – A registered sex offender who was indicted this month in the slayings of two Arizona girls who disappeared and were later found dead a year ago, faced arraignment Monday on charges of first-degree murder, abduction or sexual exploitation of a minor.

Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, were in a Phoenix jail for more than a year on burglary charges when the indictment in the case of the murders, was issued earlier this month.

Tucson police have not said how the girls died and what led to them investigating Clements in the murder of 6-year-old Isabel Celis, and 13-year-old Maribel Gonzalez — except that the FBI learned in 2017 that Clements might have information about Celis’ death.

Clements later provided information to authorities that led them to the 6-year-old girl remains, chief of Police Chris Magnus has said. Researchers later discovered more unspecified evidence.

Isabel Celis went missing from her Tucson home in April 2012 and her body was discovered in what was described as a rural area in the south in March 2017.

Maribel Gonzalez never came home after a visit to a friend in June 2014. Her body was discovered a few days later in the vicinity of Tucson, not far from where Celis’ remains were discovered, three years later, according to authorities.

Clements does not yet have a lawyer, but is expected to be assigned on the accusation.

According to a search warrant, Clements has a criminal history that dates back to when he was still a teenager.

The researchers said that he was arrested at the age of 15 and sentenced for the molestation of a 4-year-old girl.

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