LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 38-year-old man on Thursday in connection to allegations that he sexually assaulted a young girl multiple times and at many different locations, including a church parking lot.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained on Monday, the victim is now pregnant.
Jose Francisco Barron-Villafana is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement hold, and a misdemeanor traffic charge. Collectively, his bail has been set at $20,500.
The victim's mother came to the Lufkin Police Department on July 22 and told officers that her daughter had been in a sexual relationship with man. She said that on that day, she went into her daughter's room and found her on a cell phone even though the girl wasn't supposed to have a cell phone.
According to the affidavit, the mother took the phone away from the girl and asked her where she had gotten it. The victim allegedly told her mother that Barron-Villafana had given her the cell phone, so they could stay in touch.
The mother looked through the cell phone and realized that her daughter and Barron Villafana had been communicating via text messages, the affidavit stated.
"[The mother] stated that after reading the messages, it was clear that [her daughter] and Barron had entered into an inappropriate relationship," the affidavit stated.
The mother later found a hand-written letter talking about the relationship and the fact that the victim was pregnant, the affidavit stated.
When the girl was interviewed at Harold's House on July 23, she told the forensic interviewer that Barron-Villafana was her boyfriend and had been for some time, the affidavit stated. The victim allegedly told the interviewer that she and Barron-Villafana had sex with her in her bed in June 2013 and on a couch in the residence in January 2014.
According to the affidavit, the victim told the interviewer that their third sexual encounter occurred in May 2014. The girl said after her mother dropped her off at church, she met with Barron-Villafana in the parking lot and had sex in the back of his truck.
The affidavit stated that Barron-Villafana was arrested for no driver's license when he was en route to his home in the 3500 block of oak Wood Drive on July 23. He was taken to the Lufkin Police Department for questioning in the sexual assault case.
Barron-Villafana allegedly confirmed everything that the victim had said about their inappropriate relationship. According to the affidavit, Barron-Villafana told LPD investigators that he and the girl had more sexual encounters than the number she gave authorities, including one in a church parking lot.
Even though Barron-Villafana allegedly admitted that the relationship was improper and that he he knew that he would get caught eventually, he entered into the relationship with the girl, so he could "remove her from the abusive relationship she had with her parents."
According to Texas law, a child under the age of 17 cannot legally give consent to have sex.