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Burnet man charged in teen sex assault

Burnet Bulletin of Burnet, Texas

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A Burnet man was arrested on New Years Eve on charges of aggravated sexual assault after a witness and victim reported the alleged assault to Burnet police.

Stevie Ray Perez, 22, was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first degree felony, and was booked into Burnet County Jail on Tuesday, Dec. 31 after a witness and the victim, a 13-year-old girl, reported the incident to authorities. He was released on Thursday, Jan. 2 on bond of$100,000.

The arrest affidavit states that on Dec. 14, Perez, who reportedly visited a Burnet home repeatedly to visit the victim's mother, arrived at the home with the witness while the victim was home alone.

"(The victim) stated that she put the dog into the back yard and was returning inside the residence when Perez grabbed her by the arm and pulled her into her guardian's room," the affidavit alleges.

The report alleges that the suspect held her down on a bed and penetrated her with his genitals. According to the affidavit, the victim was able to escape and ran into her bedroom, at which time Perez and the witness left the residence.

"(The victim) stated that she was ashamed and did not want to tell anyone what happened," according to the affidavit.

The witness, who is unnamed, observed Perez take the girl into a bedroom but did not see anything happen, the affidavit said. During the investigation, the witness told Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson that Perez had later said, "I got her in the bedroom," referring to having sex with the teenage girl. The witness reported the incident to Burnet County Sheriffs Investigator Tracy Hallman, who told him that the incident would have to be reported to the victim's guardian.

The affidavit states that the witness told the guardian, who in turn advised the victim's mother. The mother then questioned the victim about the incident.

"The report indicated that (the victim) made the outcry to her mother at that time," stated the affidavit.

On Dec. 28, Burnet Police took a report on the incident, the document said. The victim was apprehensive about discussing the details of the sexual assault so she was interviewed by a forensic interviewer from the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center.

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Original Publication Date: January 8, 2014

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