Pasadena man accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old in 1999 arrested

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
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The case went unsolved for 22 years. Now a man has been detained and police say he could be linked to several other sexual assault cases.

PASADENA, Texas (KTRK) -- A sexual assault case in Pasadena that remained unsolved for 22 years is now closed after a man linked to the crime was arrested.

David Mario Perez, 45, was arrested Monday by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Group at about 2:30 p.m. in Pasadena.

Investigators said Perez sexually assaulted an 8-year-old in September 1999 and believe he could be linked to several more sex assault cases involving minors.

Detectives said a separate incident involved a 15-year-old and another involved a 16-year-old. All of them happened in the same month in 1999.

It was DNA evidence that led detectives to Perez. A warrant for each of the other two cases are pending, authorities said.