St. Louis man charged with sexual assault in 20-year-old cold case


by Carlos Otero / Staff

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 7:11 AM

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(KMOV) – A St. Louis County man who was thought to have fled the country following a 1993 sexual assault investigation was charged Tuesday.

Pedro Castillo, 62, was arrested and charged with one count of sodomy according to the Ferguson Police Department.

According to authorities, in 1993 the Ferguson Police Department received a report of sexual assault on a minor.

According to authorities, the 12-year-old victim was attending a sleepover at a friend's home where Castillo lived in Ferguson.  The victim told police Castillo allegedly entered the the room and molested her in the middle of the night.

Following the report, the investigation uncovered that Castillo had allegedly been sexually assaulting his step daughter for a period of years as well.

After several failed attempts for an interview, authorities presumed Castillo had learned of their attempts and fled the area.

Family of Castillo believed he fled to Mexico.

On August 27, 2013, the Ferguson Police Department was contacted by the victim from the 1993 case with information regarding Castillo.

According to authorities, the investigation was reignited after a family member of the victim was attending a local Mexican restaurant and saw Castillo.  Castillo was reportedly playing in a Mariachi band, “Mariachi Los Compadres.”

It was not immediately known how long Castillo had been back in the St. Louis area.

Castillo was arrested by Ferguson police on Thursday, September 5, 2013, without incident.

Additional charges are expected.

Stay with News 4 and for further information as it becomes available.