Police worry more children were victims of abuse by man charged in sex assault

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police arrested a man who sold chips, candy and sodas to children from his home after a teen reported he had sexually assaulted her when she was 6-years-old.

The teen reported Marco Antonio Rodriguez-Bustos sexually assaulted her after she went to buy chips from his house located on the 7100 block of Astro View Drive. The victim is now 15-years-old.

While police documents say Rodriguez-Bustos admitted to sexually assaulting the young girl, his neighbors say they’re having a hard time believing this happened.

“I’m in shock,” Jimmy Griffin said. “I never known him to do nothing like that.”

Police say the girl told her mother and sister that Rodriguez-Bustos forced her to have sex with him when she was only 6 or 7 years old. According to court documents, the victim says she was sexually assaulted three different times.

“The suspect forcibly grabbed the young child bought them into the residence and sexually assaulted her,” Austin Police Det. Ricardo Pelayo said.

Neighbors say Rodriguez-Bustos is a father who was helpful to everyone and spent time volunteering at a nearby school.

But police say he admitted earlier this week to touching the girl inappropriately. Officers arrested him Thursday at his home.

Based on the victim’s description and timeline of the event, police believe there may be more victims.

“Because of the nature that he was selling these snacks out of his residence, we are worried other children may be involved,” Pelayo said.

APD Child Abuse detectives ask anyone who may have been a victim, or anyone who knows someone who may have been a victim, of Rodriguez-Bustos to call the Child Abuse Unit at (512)-974-6880.

Rodriguez-Bustos was arrested on aggravated sexual assault of a child and is currently in custody at the Travis County Jail on an immigration hold.

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