Accused molester on the loose

June 13, 2008 3:34:34 PM PDT
The clock is ticking. Authorities say time is running out to find a man accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year old girl and her younger sister. Police are worried there may be more victims, especially since the crime happened 13 years ago. The victim is telling authorities it took her 13 years to come forward because she was afraid. Her attacker threatened to kill her if she told anyone. Now on the eve of the trial, her alleged attacker is missing, a fugitive who was a no-show on his court appearance two days ago.

Elias Beltran is that fugitive. The 44-year-old man is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The crime happened in 1995 when the victim was five years old.

According to court documents, the victim, who is now 18 years old, alleges Beltran began the sexual assaults by telling her 'Let's play a game'. And after the sexual assaults, the victim reports she 'did not want to go back to the babysitters house'.

"I don't remember anything, I'm 90 years old," Beltran's mother told us in Spanish.

She lives in the northwest Houston home where the victim says the sexual assaults happened. The victim says on one day, Beltran sexually assaulted her two times, then threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

"It took her 13 years to really come forward and have the courage to discuss what had happened to her when she was staying at the babysitter's house in 1995," said Harris County Assistant District Attorney Rifi Mewaz.

Guardado spoke only in Spanish and told me she remembers babysitting children, but doesn't remember much else, saying she can't remember the last time she saw her son, and she doesn't know where he is.

Court records indicate the victim's 3-year-old sister and another child were inappropriately touched by Beltran in 1995. The incidents, say court documents, were happening in his mother's house while she was babysitting the children.

Beltran was arrested this year and had a court date this week. When he didn't show, authorities asked our help in finding him.

The victim told police she decided to come forward after 13 years when she started receiving therapy. If you know Beltran's whereabouts or if there are other victims, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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