Rockville, Maryland resident Nestor Lopez-Guzman, 21, is accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl and her younger brother.
According to Montgomery County Police documents obtained by ABC 7 late last month, Lopez-Guzman admitted to touching the boy in an interview with detectives.
MORE: According to detectives, Lopez-Guzman confessed to touching the elementary school-age boy's genitals, claiming it was a "cultural joke" that's "common in El Salvador."
Lopez-Guzman said it's a way for men to poke fun at one another.
The 21yo is out on bond awaiting trial. pic.twitter.com/Xvg4l0dkCK
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) August 29, 2019
But in that same interview the El Salvador native, who is an undocumented immigrant living in the country illegally, denied that he’d molested the alleged victim.
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“He stated the touching was a joke that was common in El Salvador,” according to court documents. “He stated he would say, ‘Where are my little balls?’ while waving his hand on [the victim’s] penis.”
“He stated he never played these jokes on [the female victim]; the cultural joke is for males to make fun of males,” detectives said in the documents.
Lopez-Guzman is also accused of fondling the boy’s older sister and bribing her for sexual favors. According to police documents, Child Welfare Services alerted authorities in May after a middle school counselor reported that the alleged victim’s friend said she was being abused. In an interview with child welfare workers, the girl said Lopez-Guzman had attempted to touch her buttocks, breasts and vagina on several occasions since November 2018.
ABC 7 reported that a Montgomery County District Court judge last month issued a $15,000 unsecured personal bond for Lopez-Guzman. The bond would have allowed Lopez-Guzman to be released without paying any money.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement responded by filing a detainer and taking Lopez-Guzman into custody. He has since posted bond in federal immigration court and is living at an undisclosed location, ABC 7 reported.
The Nelson Lopez-Guzman case highlights a heated debate on immigration in the county
Lopez-Guzman’s case is only the latest in a string of sexual assaults allegedly perpetrated by undocumented immigrants in Montgomery County in the past six weeks.
Including Lopez-Guzman, police have arrested at least seven undocumented immigrants on sex crime-related charges.
Montgomery County officials responded Thursday to reports from conservative media outlets and Trump administration figures drawing attention to the crimes.
“There has been a lot of inaccurate information spread by the White House, President Trump, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli, local and national conservative news outlets and neo-Nazi sympathizers regarding our criminal justice system and its process,” the county council said in a statement.
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“These individuals and organizations should be ashamed for spreading false information seeking to establish a baseless, illogical and xenophobic connection between a person’s failure to obtain legal status and their propensity to commit a sex crime,” the statement from the city council read.
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