Ernesto Mateo-Arias charged with sexually assaulting a young girl over a five year period

A Lake Worth man has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a young girl over a five year period.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says that Ernesto Mateo-Arias began molesting the victim when the child was six and continued until she was eleven.

Deputies say that Mateo-Arias had access to the home where the victim lived and would assault her there.

The victim's parents became suspicious of Mateo-Arias and contacted PBSO when they had evidence that their daughter was being molested.

Deputies with PBSO spoke with Mateo-Arias earlier this week and say that he admitted sexually assaulting the victim.

Mateo-Arias was arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on 6 counts of sexual battery on a child, 15 counts of lewd or lascivious battery and 6 counts of custodial battery.


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