SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) — A Sioux City man has been arrested on several charges of second-degree sexual abuse against three children in Sioux City.
According to court documents, Juventino Salazar-Pena, 65, of Sioux City, was arrested on Friday and charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a class B felony.
The documents indicated Salazar-Pena had allegedly inappropriately touched three children of various ages under 14 years old. It was specified that the incidences of abuse occurred when the children spent the night at Salazar-Pena’s residence.
The first child was allegedly abused 30 to 40 times sometime between December 2009 and December 2014, and Salazar-Pena would bribe the child with toys so they wouldn’t tell anyone. The abuse started when the child was 6 years old and was said to have continuously occurred over the course of three years.
The documents indicated that the second child was abused intermittently over three years sometime between November 2015 through November 2020.
The last child that Salazar-Pena allegedly abused happened between February 2020 and February 2022 and started when the child was 10 years old. Documents state the child was able to capture a picture of him in the bed with them after they had been abused.
The third child reported the abuse with the other children also disclosing it. The families of the three children confronted Salazar-Pena about the abuse, to which he admitted, documents state. It was also stated that he wrote an apology note for what he had done.
The families reported Salazar-Pena to the police. When they went to question him, he had allegedly emptied his house and fled.
A warrant was issued and Salazar-Pena was arrested on Friday. He was booked into the Woodbury County Jail on a $75,000 bond.