More victims of alleged molester come forward

August 28, 2009 3:04:47 PM PDT
A man suspected of sexually assaulting a young girl two years ago is in custody, but only after he was accused of molesting two other young girls. Both girls are under the age of 13. Their mother came to Precinct 6 headquarters to file a report after she says one of her daughters got scared and became very upset when they drove by the suspect, who was walking in the street.

Eyewitness News was there as deputies with Precinct 6's Zebra Squad arrested David Abraham Rodriguez, 33. They say the accused child predator was cooperative because he knew the authorities were coming for him.

Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino said, "They already told him at work that the police were looking for him. When he saw my deputies there, when he was going to his vehicle, he knew this is what he was wanted for."

Rodriguez was already wanted on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child and had been on the run for about two years. That case, according to investigators, involved his then live-in girlfriend's five-year-old daughter.

"At times when the mother was in the other room or maybe out running an errand, he would take advantage of the five-year-old child," said Sgt. Julio Banda with the Harris County Precinct 6 Constable's office. "He would threaten the child by holding her, shaking her, telling her not to say anything or he would possibly harm the mother or her."

What's more, these latest allegations of sexual assault involve the young victim's two cousins, who are ages nine and 12. As the investigation into these latest claims gets underway, the Children's Assessment Center will play a critical role in helping law enforcement build its case, by providing detectives a place to conduct interviews and gather any potential evidence.

Tammy Urban with the Children's Assessment Center explained, "Our clinic is equipped to have rape kits when needed, if incidents of abuse have happened within the last 96 hours, and then sexual abuse examinations where a child has disclosed sexual abuse."

We wanted to know why Rodriguez wasn't caught and arrested earlier. While we weren't able to talk to the HPD investigator handling that case, a department spokesperson says repeated attempts were made to serve that arrest warrant, but Rodriguez simply didn't want to be found.

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