ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The 20-year-old illegal immigrant arrested for sexuallyassaulting a 6-year old girl at an Albuquerque gym on Tuesday hadbeen accused of raping children before. After he was arrested, hetold police he liked to touch children.
Gonzalez was arrested for raping two young girls at party whenhe was 15 years old in 2005. Those charges were later dismissed bya children's court judge after Gonzalez was found to beincompetent. Gonzales was released into the custody of his parentsand ordered to attend counseling. Court records that would explainthe decision to dismiss the 2005 case are confidential due becauseGonzales was a minor at the time.
Albuquerque police said they had another case against Gonzalezin 2008. However, charges in that case were never filed by theBernalillo County District Attorney's office. The DA's office saidthe reasons for not filing charges are also confidential because ofmedical privacy laws. The mother of one of the victims in the 2005incident, who wished to remain unidentified, said she fearedGonzalez 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 toher."
Albuquerque police expressed frustration that Gonzalez was ableto be in a position to commit the same crime again.
"We have a serial rapist out there," Deputy Chief Beth Paizsaid. "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 Tuesdaynight when they checked his ID which indicated he is a Mexicannational. Gonzalez will first face charges for Tuesday's incident.He'll be sent back to Mexico when he gets out of jail or after hegets out of prison if he's convicted.
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