By Lizzie Day • 08 May 2020 • 19:49
A man, 21, from Washington who allegedly hid in a 12-year-old girl’s bedroom and molested her for a month faces federal charges.
Zacharias Cavasos is facing a charge of sexual abuse of a minor following the incident which occurred during the winter on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon.
According to prosecutors, Cavasos and the young victim met online in December 2019, exchanging messages on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.
In early February, the accused travelled from Washington to the reservation in Oregon and, without the knowledge of the girl’s family, hid in a cavity under her bed, said Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Martin, according to reporting by OregonLive.com.
On February 25, the 12-year-old’s grandfather reportedly first noticed the stranger in the house and told him to leave.
Cavasos left, but according to prosecutors, returned and stayed in the house until March 11, when he was discovered a second time and arrested.
According to court documents, Cavasos admitted to staying in the child’s bedroom and repeatedly having sex with her.
On Wednesday, a judge agreed to release Cavasos to a sober living facility, where he will remain under GPS monitoring and a curfew until his trial.
Cavasos is not allowed to make any contact with the victim and his phone and computer activities will be regularly checks.
Martin argued to keep Cavasos in jail, saying he had defied previous orders to stay away from the victim.
His defence lawyer countered by saying that his client may have an intellectual disability and is emotionally immature. He also stressed that Cavasos has no prior criminal record or a history of violence.
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