Updated: Friday, 07 May 2010, 7:15 AM MDT
Published : Thursday, 06 May 2010, 11:09 PM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The 20-year-old illegal immigrant arrested for sexually assaulting a 6-year old girl at an Albuquerque gym on Tuesday had been accused of raping children before. After he was arrested, he told police he liked to touch children.
Gonzalez was arrested for raping two young girls at party when he was 15 years old in 2005. Those charges were later dismissed by a children's court judge after Gonzalez was found to be incompetent. Gonzales was released into the custody of his parents and ordered to attend counseling. Court records that would explain the decision to dismiss the 2005 case are confidential due because Gonzales was a minor at the time.
Albuquerque police said they had another case against Gonzalez in 2008. However, charges in that case were never filed by the Bernalillo County District Attorney's office. The DA's office said the reasons for not filing charges are also confidential because of medical privacy laws. The mother of one of the victims in the 2005 incident, who wished to remain unidentified, said she feared Gonzalez would strike again.
"It was just a matter of time," the mother said. "Unfortunately, this little girl had to get hurt [on Tuesday]. My prayers go out to her."
Albuquerque police expressed frustration that Gonzalez was able to be in a position to commit the same crime again.
"We have a serial rapist out there," Deputy Chief Beth Paiz said. "We've prepared three separate cases and now our fourth case, letting the justice system know what kind of human being this is. And, here we are again."
Police realized Juan Gonzalez is an illegal immigrant Tuesday night when they checked his ID which indicated he is a Mexican national. Gonzalez will first face charges for Tuesday's incident. He'll be sent back to Mexico when he gets out of jail or after he gets out of prison if he's convicted.