Police in Pasco County, FL, arrested an appliance repairman for allegedly sexually battering a customer’s five-year-old daughter during a house call.
Francisco Rene Vallejo, 59, of Otis Allen Roa was arrested Monday and charged with sexual battery. He is being held without bond at the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
According to Pasco County Sheriff’s Department, the alleged incident occurred at a home in Zephyrhills. Vallejo was hired to fix a washing machine by a mother with a five-year-old daughter. The mother left him working on the machine and went to another room to make a business-related call. When she returned, she reportedly couldn’t locate Vallejo. She told police she found him on the couch in the living room on top of her daughter.
The five-year-old told investigators and nurses in graphic detail what Vallejo did to her. When questioned by police about the allegations, Vallejo allegedly admitted to sexually battering the child and called himself “a monster,” according to the arrest report.
Cases of sexual battery involving adults and minors aren’t uncommon in South Florida. Just last month, 53-year-old James Cromwell Humphreys was arrested for allegedly sexually battering two boys.
Humphreys of Pinellas Park was arrested on October 10 and charged with several counts of sexual battery. His bond was set at $860,000. The press did not name an attorney for him.
According to the arrest report, Humphrey’s is accused of sexually battering the boys at his home at 8110 61st Way N late last year. He allegedly invited several children under 12 to his home and performed oral sex on two of them, aged 10 and 12.
The report describes him as a “neighborhood friend” of the children. He reportedly bought them gifts, treated them to lunch, and took them to the park in an effort to groom them for sex.
A warrant for his arrest was issued on October 9, but Humphreys reportedly refused to speak to police. His home was placed under surveillance and police followed him when he left with in his car. When police tried to pull him over, he allegedly started to drive erratically and refused to stop. Police had to call off the pursuit for safety reasons.
Later that day, Humphreys’ vehicle was seen on top of the Sunshine Skyway. He was found standing on the edge of the bridge, threatening to commit suicide. He also purportedly told police that he was ready to die by “suicide by cop” before he let them arrest him.
A crisis negotiator talked him off the edge and he was safely taken into custody. Humphreys refused to be interviewed by investigators. Police believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact the Pinellas Park Police Department.
Records show that he was arrested once before in 2007 on similar charges involving a minor under 12. He was sentenced to 20 months in prison in that case.
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