PARKER COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — Authorities in Parker County have arrested a man suspected of molesting a 9-year-old girl as she slept in her home. The man, 35-year-old Israel Andrade, has been deported from the United States on four different occasions.
Parker County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call on Saturday, after a woman called to report her daughter had been sexually fondled by a stranger who broke into her home.READ MORE: Watch The Derek Chauvin Trial Live
The 9-year-old victim, who had been sleeping on the family couch with siblings, told deputies that she was awakened by a man who was groping her in her private areas.
The girl said the man spoke in broken English with a heavy Spanish accent, asking her to follow him back to the bedroom where he entered the home. Instead, the girl ran screaming into her parents’ room, while the suspect fled in the opposite direction.
The parents attempted to call 9-1-1, but noticed that their cell phones and computer were missing. The mother drove to a nearby convenience store to alert authorities.
During the investigation, a set of footprints was discovered outside the home and traced to a neighbor’s home. Deputies determined that Andrade had visited the neighbor’s home the prior evening.
The suspect was located asleep in a relative’s home approximately one mile from the crime scene. He was found sleeping on one of the stolen phones.
Two pairs of the child’s panties, along with a pair of tennis shoes with a similar tread as found at the crime scene, were also discovered at the residence.
Andrade was arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony — indecency with a child by sexual contact — a first-degree felony.
According to records from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Andrade had been deported from the U.S. on four different occasions: July 2003, Feb. 2004, Sept. 2009 and again in Dec. 2010.READ MORE: Parker County Pet Owner Offers $1K Reward For Safe Return Of Dogs 'Ila' And 'Bentley'
Relatives say that Andrade arrived in Texas from Mexico about 30 days ago.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler expressed his frustration with the current state of the Texas-Mexico border.
“Our border Sheriffs and the Texas Department of Public Safety are doing a phenomenal job with the current laws and available resources,” Fowler said. “Yet, our Federal Government needs to step forward and aid us in enforcing the laws on our southern border. This type of injustice cannot be allowed to pass by for a sixth time.”
He continued, “How long will we have to tolerate this type of injustice? It is time for American citizens to make a stand and begin petitioning for tighter security at our borders in order to protect our citizens.”
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