ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An illegal immigrant accused of raping a 6-year-old girl atMidtown Sports and Wellness Club Tuesday night is on an immigrationhold.
Juan Gonzalez, 20, allegedly assaulted the child while she wasalone in a play room at the club. The girl’s mother wasworking out at the gym at the time.
Gonzalez is accused of criminal sexual penetration of a minor,kidnapping and tampering with evidence. Judge Benjamin Chavezraised his bond at $200,000 cash only.
Despite being under the federal hold by Immigration and CustomsEnforcement, Gonzalez will not be sent back to his home country ofMexico until he goes through New Mexico’s judicialsystem.
Police said Gonzalez was a member of Midtown because his motheris an employee.
As for the health club’s child care center, it is solelyresponsible for managing it. The Children, Youth and FamiliesDivision regulates traditional day cares.
“Drop-in programs for children specifically that are forchildren whose parents stay on the same premises are exempt fromthe regulations,” Dan Haggard with CYFD said Thursday.
The playroom where the victim was attacked is unsupervised, andthere is a sign that says so. Workers at the club said the playroomis for kids who are 7 and older. The reported victim in this caseis 6.
There is also a child care center at Midtown for younger kidswhere there is always supervision and they are never left alone.Parents have to pay $3 an hour to drop their child off there whilethey work out.
“I believe regardless of the setting for parents to be asinvolved and as knowledgeable as possible about the program wherethey're leaving their children,” Haggard said.
In a statement, Sports and Wellness said its staff actedimmediately after being told about the incident. It also said ithas stringent hiring practices and complies with all federal andstate laws.
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