Monday, July 20, 2009

Tyler Sanchez Arrested for Fondling 8-year-old

A man who allegedly fondled an 8-year-old girl in her bedroom on July 10 was arrested Saturday after a report of a prowler in the same subdivision where the assault occurred.

The suspect was identified as 19-year-old Tyler A. Sanchez.

Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver said deputies and detectives from the Parker Police Department responded to a report about a prowler in the Stonegate subdivision at about 12:40 p.m. Friday.

Two detectives from the Parker Police Department followed up on the license plate of a vehicle seen leaving the area. When they went to the address given for the vehicle, they found Sanchez sitting in it, according to Cocha Heyden, spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Department.

Sanchez was booked into the Douglas County jail. He lives with his parents in the north end of unincorporated Douglas County.

During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Sanchez was suspected of being involved in the sexual assault of the girl a week earlier, investigators said.

Heyden would not give details about what linked Sanchez to the assault.

With the new information, Sanchez, who was still in custody, was booked for investigation of first-degree burglary, sexual assault on a child and unlawful sexual contact.

He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

The child who was sexually assaulted told investigators that she was woken up at about 5:08 a.m. on July 10 by a man in her bedroom who was touching her inappropriately.

"I hope that the residents of Stonegate feel a lot safer knowing that an arrest has been made and that someone will be held accountable for what occurred," Sheriff Weaver said.

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