Man accused of molesting daughter's friends during sleepovers -

Man accused of molesting daughter's friends during sleepovers

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(KMOV) --A 42-year-old man has been accused of molesting his daughter's friends during sleepovers at his house.

Police say Eduardo Ortiz, an illegal alien, faces charges for touching three middle school-aged girls. The girls reported three separate instances that happened in 2009. Two of the girls told police that Ortiz touched their breasts. The first of the victims came forward a year ago, but police say they didn't have enough evidence to make an arrest.

A third victim recently contacted police with more information. Police then re-interviewed Ortiz, and say he confessed.

One detective says that police are concerned because they fear there might be other victims. "If there is a parent that knows that their daughter stayed the night there, we don't want them to suggest anything to their daughter, but ask them, 'did anything happen to you when you were there,'" said Detective James Wethington of the Woodson Terrace Police Department. "Open the discussion and see what happens."

Woodson Terrace police say they've reported Ortiz to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He is married and worked as a handyman. Police also say they've talked to Ortiz's daughter - detectives don't have reason to believe she was a victim of abuse.

Ortiz is currently behind bars in the St. Louis County Jail.


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