Police searching for sexual assault suspect

HOUSTON A 13-year-old girl told investigators that Jose Sanchez Balbuena had touched her inappropriately and had sex with her numerous times over a two-year period. Balbuena is a friend of the victim's family. The victim stated that Balbuena started touching her inappropriately at her house when her mom was at work. The touching soon escalated to sex. Balbuena threatened the victim and told her not to tell anyone about what he did to her.

An investigation was conducted and Balbuena was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Balbuena, 35, is an Hispanic male. He is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. His last known address is in Southwest Houston.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to the 713-222-8477 (TIPS) hotline or submitted online at Crime-Stoppers.org that leads to an arrest in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message - Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES(274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.

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