July 28, 2008

Man accused of paying girl to touch her

Posted: July 28, 2008 03:19 PM CDT

AUSTIN, TEXAS (KXAN) - A man is being charged with indecency with a child by contact after police said he paid a young girl to let him touch her.

According to documents made public Monday, two girls, eight and nine years old, were riding their bikes at the flea market in the 1500 block of Pleasant Valley Road Saturday when they were approached by 39-year-old Jose Luis Fuentes.

Police say the 8-year-old girl let Fuentes touch her after he paid her $2.

The 9-year-old friend told the girl's parents, who rushed to their child. An affidavit said the girl's parents found her crying and she told them what had happened.

Both girls pointed the man out and a group of people physically detained him and someone called police.

While they were waiting for police to come, Fuentes threatened to kill the girl after he got out of jail.

Police said Fuentes denied touching the girl and even offering her money. He said he had been drinking, but did not want to talk about what happened, according to officials.

Fuentes is sitting in the Travis County Jail on a $250,000 bond and an immigration hold.

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