A 9-year-old girl’s letter to Santa Claus asking that a relative stop touching her sister and her has led to the arrest of a 55-year-old Pharr man, authorities reported.
Andres Enrique Cantu, 55, of Pharr, faces a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a young child, The Monitor of McAllen reported.
Cantu remained in the Hidalgo County Jail on Monday night. His bail was set at $100,000.
The charge is a new one, created by the Texas Legislature last year as one of the changes in the penal code under Jessica’s Law, which was designed to give longer sentences to sexual predators.
The girl wrote the letter Thursday and turned it in at Cesar Chavez Elementary School.
According to a arrest-warrant affidavit, a school counselor saw the letter and reported what was in it to police.
On Friday, the girl was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Edinburg, which works with abused children.
She described the abuse in more detail, including that it occurred at night in the girls’ bedroom while other family members were sleeping.
Investigators believe that the girls were molested for four years, according to the affidavit.
There isn't a prison sentence long enough.