Day care operator accused of sexually assaulting two female toddlers


The Harris County Sheriff's Office says Cesar Chavez is accused of sexually assaulting two female toddlers in the 2200 block of Grey Hawk in northwest Harris County.

According to deputies, both incidents are separate and were reported by the victims' parents to the Harris County Sheriff's Office in February 2012. Investigators believe the assaults happened while both victims, now 4 years old, were at the day care.

Neighbors with whom we spoke were concerned about the allegations.

"I've only been told by my son that he's seen one person who appeared to be a doctor who would drop her daughter off in the mornings, about a four or five-year-old girl," said neighbor Clarence Murphy.

Court documents show one of the alleged incidents happened in October 2011. The victim also said Chavez at one point hid her in a closet and hit her.

The little girl told a counselor that the alleged assault was painful and she claims Chavez -- who she calls "Tio," the Spanish word for uncle -- did the same to other children at the daycare.

"It happened two doors down and it spooks me. Yeah, I'm kind of worried about it," said Murphy.

Chavez, 58, is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age.

Investigators say they believe there may be more victims. Anyone who believes their child or knows of a child who may have been a victim of Chavez is asked to immediately contact the HCSO's Crimes Against Children office at 713-830-3250.

Bond has been set at $60,000 total in this case.

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