ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A 6-year-old girl was sexually assaulted Tuesday in the playroom of a popular gym in Albuquerque while her mother worked outnearby in another room.
Police have arrested Juan Gonzalez, 20, an illegal immigrant, atthe Midtown Sports & Wellness after he took a shower to washaway evidence of the crime. Gonzalez and a staff member had earlierhelped the girl fix a video game a few minutes earlier. Gonzalezreturned to the room a short time later.
"The most horrific thing you could imagine a child could gothrough," Albuquerque Deputy Chief Beth Paiz said. "He held hishand over her mouth so she couldn't scream. He could hear the childsay 'Stop! Stop! Stop!'"
After the sexual assault, the 6-year-old came out of the roomcrying and told a staff member what happened.
"He admitted, 'I have a problem touching children.'" Paizsaid.
Gonzalez is a member of the gym and his mother works nights atthe gym as a janitor. Police say Immigration CustomsEnforcement will like get involved as the Gonzalez case movesforward. Members outside the gym on Wednesday were shocked tohear about the incident.
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