BELTON — Agents with U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement, Bell County Sheriff’s Department deputies and the U.S. Marshal’s Service helped the Bell County Special Crimes Unit locate and arrest a man charged with sexual assault.
In the Bell County Jail Friday was Francisco Barron-Munoz, 45, an illegal immigrant living in Belton. He was held in lieu of a $200,000 bond after his Jan. 10 arrest on the warrant.
An immigration hold was also placed on Barron-Munoz, jail records showed.
Barron-Munoz was arrested in the 400 block of North Penelope Street.
He was living and working in the Belton area for an unknown amount of time, Bell County Special Crimes Unit Lt. Michele Cianci said Friday. He was here on a work permit with an immigration bond at the time of the alleged sexual assaults.
Barron-Munoz has several aliases, including Miguel A. Garcia, Francisco Munoz, Bernardo Saldana and Faustino Cisneros.
A Special Crimes Unit investigator on Dec. 9 talked with a woman who said her two daughters, ages 12 and 17, told her that Barron-Munoz behaved inappropriately with them at their Bell County house on Orchard Road, an arrest affidavit said.
The oldest daughter was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Belton and said Barron-Munoz used to live with them. He was kicked out because of his sexual conduct. She said she had “multiple sexual encounters” with him starting when she was about 12 years old.
The girl said Barron-Munoz came into her bedroom and sexually assaulted her. She provided details and said the sexual assaults also happened in his vehicle, the affidavit said.
The victim underwent a forensic examination and her statements were consistent, according to the affidavit.
The arrest warrant was issued Dec. 21 by Bell County Justice of the Peace Cliff Coleman.