Man arrested in 2011 child molestation case

Heriberto Fernandez Gaitan, 59, charged with aggravated sexual assault, indecency with child

SAN ANTONIO - A 59-year-old man identified as Heriberto Fernandez Gaitan is facing criminal charges in connection with a two year old child molestation case.

A warrant for his arrest was signed by a Bexar County magistrate in June 2011, but Gaitan was taken into custody Tuesday.

The reason for the apparent delay in his arrest was not clear. Gaitan is charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.

The arrest warrant affidavit stated a then 5-year-old girl told her mother in June 2011 that Gaitan had shown her pornographic videos and touched her inappropriately several times when she stayed at his home.

Another 5-year-old girl, identified as a relative, reportedly backed up her claims, and told San Antonio police detectives she also had been molested by Gaitan, the affidavit stated.

According to the affidavit, those allegations are being handled in a separate case.

Detectives said during their investigation, they also identified two other possible victims, the affidavit stated.

Records show Gaitan also was arrested in 1991 on a charge of indecency with a child. However, that charge later was dismissed.

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