SAN ANTONIO, TX – A 41-year-old man believed to be an undocumented immigrant was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl on the Northeast Side Monday, according to arrest documents.
Carlos Esparza, who is suspected of being in the country illegally, was arrested on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child and is currently being held at the Bexar County Jail on a $75,000 bond, according to online records.
The alleged sex assault occurred at the Harlow Apartments in the 7500 block of Harlow Drive on the Northeast Side, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by mySA.com.
The victim’s mother noticed the girl was “walking funny as if she was in pain,” to which the girl said Esparza had hurt her, the affidavit said.
The girl told investigators her mother put her to bed but she and her other siblings went downstairs to watch TV. Esparza was allegedly on the couch under a blanket when he grabbed her and put her on his lap. He then allegedly took off the girl’s underwear and his clothes, and sexually assaulted the girl in several ways, the arrest affidavit said.
The victim also said he told her not to tell anyone about the activity, as he would not come over anymore otherwise.
“The defendant’s (Esparza) sexual conduct was harmful to the child’s mental and emotional welfare,” the affidavit said.
Officers learned he is believed to be in the country illegally and could easily leave the country if his alleged acts were made known to law enforcement, according to the affidavit.
Esparza has previously been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and narcotics charges, the report said.
If convicted, Esparza faces five to 99 years in prison.