Austin man charged with raping 5-year-old boy

This is a 2008 booking photo of Byron Lopez, 31

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin police have charged 31-year-old Byron Lopez with aggravated sexual assault of a child in the rape of a young boy, according to a police affidavit.

The victim, who is now 8-years-old, told a counselor when he was five, Lopez raped him multiple times when he would be at his babysitter’s apartment, and Lopez hit him in the head when he resisted, the affidavit states.

Lopez allegedly lived with the babysitter. The alleged rapes occurred only when nobody was home, according to statements the boy made to police that are detailed in the affidavit.

While the child wasn’t able to remember the suspect’s name, he was able to pick Lopez’s image out of a photographic lineup. The alleged rapes occurred around the date of Aug. 15, 2011, the affidavit states. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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