LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Deputies say a Lake Worth man often sexually abused his ex-girlfriend's 6-year-old daughter when her mother went to the grocery store.
Julian Sanabria, 44, now stands charged with capital sexual battery.
On Tuesday, detectives began to investigate a report that a 6-year-old girl had been abused by her mother's ex-boyfriend, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
The girl said Sanabria, whom the girl called "Papa Ramon," allegedly performed "lewd acts on himself in front of her," detectives wrote in a report.
Detectives sat down with the girl and interviewed her.
"While they lived in [Sanabria's] house, he would abuse her every time her mother went to the 'El Presidente' grocery store," the report says.
The girl then told detectives Sanabria often sent her younger brother into his bedroom to play with Legos or watch TV.
"Papa Ramon would then take her into the bathroom, lock the door, lift her up and place her next to the sink," the report says, "and turn on the faucet."
There, in the locked bathroom, Sanabria allegedly had sex with the girl.
"Papa Roman," the report says, "told her not to tell her mother about the incidents."
Detectives then had the girl's mother call Sanabria on Wednesday and bring up the allegations. Sanabria denied everything, saying the girl "must be crazy," the report says.
The mother pressed Sanabria for a reason why her daughter would make such allegations. Sanabria said only one thing could explain the girl's claims:
"There was a time when she walked in on him while was making a bowel movement," the report says.
The mother called Sanabria back later that night, at which time he again denied the girl's accusations. He then told the mother he didn't want to talk on the phone anymore.
"The police may be listening," he said, according to the report.
Jail records show Sanabria remained in Palm Beach County Jail Thursday in lieu of $500,000 bond.
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