AUSTIN (KXAN) — An ice cream truck is what a man used to lure an 11-year-old girl before sexually assaulting her, according to Austin police.
Beningo Flores, 53, was arrested Monday for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Court documents say the girl told a social worker she went to Flores’s house often to get ice cream from a truck he operated at Tejas Mobile Plaza in South Austin. She said he allowed her to sit in the passenger seat of the van before telling her to go in the back to get an ice cream. The girl says she was reaching into the freezer when Flores grabbed her by her wrist and performed sexual acts on her.
In the arrest affidavit, she indicates this was not the only time similar incidents happened.
Because of the nature of the business, Austin Police worry other children may have also been victims.
“He was using his ice cream turck and business as a front to try and get children and coerce them into this area,” said Detective Brandon Poe.
Poe asked parents who live in the immediate area to talk with their children to see if they were possibly abused, but also said it is possible Flores drove the truck around to different nearby neighborhoods.
On Tuesday, two ice cream trucks were sitting in the driveway of a unit at the Tejas Mobile Plaza and neighbors say children often went to get ice cream and chips.
An immigration and naturalization service detainer had also been placed on Flores and police say he was to be deported or may have even been deported in the past only to return.
Each truck had an expired City of Austin permits from the Health and Human Services department. The permits expired in 2009 and Health and Human Services told KXAN background checks are not a part of the permitting process. Flores does not have an extensive criminal history according to police.