NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested a 43-year-old man in connection to allegations that he took a 7-year-old girl to his house, tied her up, and sexually assaulted her on Tuesday.
Juan Perez Moreno, of Nacogdoches, is still being in the Nacogdoches County Jail on two first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child charges, a first-degree aggravated kidnapping with bodily injury and sexual abuse charge, and a Class A misdemeanor resisting, arrest, search, or transport charge. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $1,002,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, an NCSO investigator was dispatched out to Harold's House to sit in on a forensic interview with a 7-year-old girl that had been sexually assaulted. During the interview, the little girl allegedly said that Moreno picked her up from her yard while she was playing and took her to his residence.
Once inside the home, Moreno took off the girl's clothes, taped her hands behind her back, put tape over her mouth, and then sexually assaulted her, injuring her in the process, the affidavit stated.
When NCSO deputies went to Moreno's house in the 110 block of County Road 521 to execute an arrest warrant on Thursday, he tried to run from the deputies by going back into the residence, the affidavit stated. He also allegedly tried to pull away from them.
According to the affidavit, the deputies had to use force to restrain Moreno and take him into custody. Moreno was then taken to the jail without any further incident.
A press release from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office stated that evidence was found at Moreno's residence that was linked to the sexual assault of the 7-year-old girl.
On Friday morning, NCSO investigators interviewed Moreno, and he confessed to the crime as well as another sexual assault that occurred two months ago in Nacogdoches County, the press release stated. Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said more charges will be filed against Moreno, and he is expected to be arraigned on them later Friday.
Bridges said that Moreno is an illegal immigrant and that he has been working in the Nacogdoches area for the past two years.