Father charged in 2020 sexual assault of 5-year-old daughter

Father charged in 2020 sexual assault of 5-year-old daughter

From the Las Vegas Optic

A Pecos man has been charged with criminal sexual contact with a minor, nearly a year after police were first notified of the sexual assault involving his 5-year-old daughter.

Lester Ortiz, 45, was arrested March 12 and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on one count of second-degree criminal sexual contact with a minor.

The sexual assault was first reported to New Mexico State Police on March 29, 2020, after the girl told a relative that Ortiz had touched her privates, according to a criminal complaint filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.

The girl told investigators she’d been asleep in her bed before waking up to find Ortiz touching her vagina. She told him to stop, and she told police that Ortiz apologized, saying he “thought she was mommy,” according to the complaint.