CASA GRANDE — A man was arrested at a Casa Grande outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation center after he allegedly attempted to rape an employee in a restroom.

Brice Lupe, 32, of Canyon Day, was charged with kidnapping, sexual abuse and aggravated assault of a health care worker for an incident Feb. 18. He allegedly forced himself on a female employee of Community Bridges, located in the 600 block of East Cottonwood Lane.

“Brice (Lupe) forced an employee into the bathroom, put his hands down her shirt and grabbed her breast and tried to take off her shirt and pants in order to have sex with her,” a Casa Grande Police officer wrote in the probable cause statement. “After reading Brice his Miranda Rights, he told me he was at the PD speaking to me because he tried to ‘rape’ one of the employees at Community Bridges.”

Lupe told the police officer he did this to the woman because he was aroused.

Lupe is a registered sex offender and has been convicted of attempted sexual assault previously, according to court records. He was declared a danger to the community by Pinal County Superior Court Judge Henry Gooday Jr. on Feb. 19 and is being held at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center without the possibility of bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Tuesday for a bond eligibility hearing.

Lupe is from Canyon Day, a town of 1,200 people in Gila County on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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