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Pittsburg man faces charges in sexual assault of infant

By Susan Taft staft@news-journal.com
June 20, 2012 at 11 p.m.


PITTSBURG - A man authorities said is an illegal immigrant living in Pittsburg has been charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a 6-month-old child.

Ignacio Saldano-Rivera, 32, was being held Wednesday in the Camp County Jail under $103,000 in bonds.

Authorities said an investigation was continuing into the possibility another child also was assaulted.

Saldano-Rivera was charged Monday with the sexual assault, but had been in jail since his June 8 arrest on charges of causing bodily injury/family violence, and interfering with an emergency phone call.

"The arrest stemmed from an assault that occurred the night before, when a female victim alleged that she caught Mr. Saldana-Rivera sexually assaulting a 6-month-old baby," said Camp County Sheriff Alan McCandless. "An arrest warrant was issued for him for the assault, and he was placed in jail on those two charges, which are misdemeanors."

Investigators then began an investigation of the aggravated sexual assault, which continued Wednesday to look into allegations a second child also may have been assaulted, McCandless said.

Sexual assault is considered aggravated when the victim is younger than 14. It is a first-degree felony. If convicted, Saldana-Rivera could face up to life in prison and an optional fine not to exceed $10,000.

He was being held under a $100,000 bond for the aggravated assault charge and $1,500 each for the two misdemeanor charges. But because Saldana-Rivera is in the United States illegally, McCandless said, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold was in place, meaning he could not bond out of jail.

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