Handyman accused of sexually assaulted young children
A man is charged with two counts of indecency with a child after Fort Bend County Sheriff’s officials said he inappropriately touched young children in two of the homes where he was working as a handyman.
Jaime Leonel Cruz, 40, was arrested by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 7. He was released on a $100,000 bond.
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Cruz’s arrest warrant states that he was hired by the mother of one of the victims to repair the door to the child’s playroom. The sheriff’s office alleges that Cruz then sexually assaulted the victim, who is under age 3.
The victim told her mother, who contacted police, as well as a friend who she knew, had used the same handyman for home repairs, according to the warrant.
When the friend questioned her own daughter, a child under age 6, the warrant states, the girl said that Cruz had touched her inappropriately as well.
Forensic investigators from the Child Advocates of Fort Bend backed the children’s claims.
Jessica Reyes, public information officer for the sheriff’s office, said there may be more victims.
“With a crime this sensitive, we must always explore the possibility of there being others,” said Reyes. “At this time, no other victims have come forward.”
Anyone with information on the case should call 281-341-4665 and ask for the Special Crimes Unit.
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Cruz has two previous arrests for allegations of sexual assault. In 2015, he was charged with super aggravated sexual assault after allegedly assaulting two children under age 6. The charges in these cases are still pending, according to the Harris County District Clerk’s website.
Published at Tue, 29 Dec 2020 19:00:00 +0000