ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 47-year-old man Saturday in connection to allegations that he touched a 16-year-old girl inappropriately and forced her to put her hand down his pants on Aug. 14.
Mauricio Cortez Chacon, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree indecency with child by sexual contact charge and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. No bail amounts have been set yet.
According to the arrest affidavit, the victim came in to the Angelina County Sheriff's Office to file an indecency with a child charge. The girl told the ACSO deputy that the incident occurred at Chacon's home in the 500 block of Falcon Avenue.
The victim told the deputy that she went into the kitchen to ask Chacon a question. When he said no, she went to a bedroom, the affidavit stated. Later, she went back to the kitchen to ask again.
Chacon told her he would "think about it" and then allegedly put his hand down her shorts and grabbed her buttocks hard. Then Chacon turned the victim around and simulated having sex with her before he forced her to put her hand down his pants and touch him inappropriately, the affidavit stated.
The affidavit stated that the victim didn't say anything about what had happened, and she later left and went to a friend's house.
On the next day, the victim told another friend what had happened. Her friend picked her up immediately and took her to the sheriff's office.
The ACSO detective who was assigned the case met with the victim and her mother on Aug. 16. He also set up appointments for the victim and her friend at Harold's House.
During the forensic interview, the victim recounted the same series of events that she had to the ACSO deputy the day before. She also said that during the incident, she tried to pull away from Chacon, and he kept grabbing her and pulling her back to him, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the victim said she waited to report the incident because she didn't want Chacon's family to be "ripped apart." The girl was emotional during the interview, and she said she feared she was ruining Chacon's family because of what he did to her, the affidavit stated.
In addition, the victim said Mauricio had been touching her more in the last few months and that he would hug her and move his hands lower and lower on her back each time she visited his home, the affidavit stated.
The friend told the interviewer what the victim had told her about what happened.
A sexual assault nurse examiner at Harold's House checked the victim out and found multiple bruises on the girl's body that were consistent with where she said Chacon grabbed her, the affidavit stated.
Later, the ACSO detective tried to reach Chacon by phone several times. He went to the Child Protective Services office when Chacon went there on Aug. 31 for an interview and told him he wanted to speak to him about the investigation.
At first, Chacon told him no, and the ACSO detective told him that he didn't have to speak to him. Eventually Chacon agreed to meet the detective at the sheriff's office at 3 p.m. that day.
However, Chacon sent a message later that day saying that he wouldn't be coming to the sheriff's office. When the detective offered to let him come talk to him at another time, Chacon allegedly said he would not be coming to see him, but he would "think about it" and call later if he changed his mind.