An illegal immigrant who returned to the country after deportation to Mexico is now accused of raping a 7-year-old girl “thousands of times.”
Victor Francisco Michel-Lara, 32, of Cedar City, Utah was arrested Sunday and faces first-degree felony charges of rape of a child, according to his arrest report. He was also placed on an immigration detainer.
The girl told investigators that Michel-Lara molested her “many times” in the last six months and had raped her thousands of times, the St. George Daily Spectrum reported.
He admitted to inappropriately touching the girl, but said it happened accidentally when he rubbed lotion on her, the newspaper said. He also allegedly said the rape accidentally happened when the two were “rough housing.” (Related: Shock Report: Los Angelas made $1.3 BILLION in illegal immigrant welfare payouts in just 2 years)
“He stated that she moves around a lot with the lotion making his fingers slippery (and) they accidentally slipped into her vagina,” an investigator wrote in a police report, the newspaper reported.
Police believe Michel-Lara returned to the U.S. after being deported to Mexico on an unrelated charge, the Spectrum said.
He is being held on $200,000 bail at the Iron County Jail.
During an interview at the Iron County Children’s Justice Center, the alleged victim told investigators in Spanish that Michel-Lara had molested her “many times in the last six months,” according to the probable cause statement filed in the 5th District Court Monday.
She also told investigators he had raped her “thousands of times.”
While Michel-Lara admitted to multiple incidents, he allegedly explained in Spanish to investigators that the assaults unintentionally occurred at least two times while he was applying lotion to her skin, the report said. (Related: Portland illegal immigrant accused of sexually assaulting 65-year-old woman had been deported 20 times)
He also allegedly attempted to explain the rape occurred accidentally when they were “rough housing” and jumping around” following a shower twice.
“He stated that she moves around a lot with the lotion making his fingers slippery (and) they accidentally slipped into her vagina,” CCPD investigator Matt Topham wrote in the report.
Police believe Michel-Lara is in the country illegally. He had previously been arrested on unrelated charges and deported back to Mexico. In the report, Topham noted the suspect could face additional charges of aggravated re-entry into the United States. (Related: ICE: 32 Illegal Alien Sex Offenders Arrested As Part Of Trump Crackdown)
The mother of the victim told investigators she was concerned Michel-Lara was planning to travel to Washington to visit family and had recently quit his job in preparation for the trip. Michel-Lara was booked into the Iron County Jail on Sunday. A $200,000 cash-only bail was set because he was considered to be a possible flight risk.
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