AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was charged with indecency with a child after, police determined, he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl at the Austin Community College library on Monday.
According to a police affidavit, Jonathan Aldaco, 22, approached the girl Monday afternoon in the library of the Riverside campus of ACC.
According to the victim, Aldaco, who she did not know, had been following her since 1:30 p.m. As she was sitting in the back of the library, Aldaco began to talk to her and eventually kissed her on the forehead and made an attempt to kiss her on the lips. He grabbed her in a bear hug that made her unable to escape. She told police he also touched her crotch, all actions that were unsolicited by her. After the assault, Aldaco left the area.
The victim sought help from an officer but, not knowing who Aldaco was, could only identify him as a Hispanic male in his late twenties. Dean of Campus Student Services Ruth Reinhart pointed officers in the the direction of Aldaco, who was in the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on campus at 2:25 p.m.
“That’s what happened here. We had a councilor, we had a dean who went into motion right away and got the police involved,” said Virginia Fraire, vice president of Student Services.
Officers reviewed campus surveillance footage that showed the entire sexual assault and matched clothing Aldaco was wearing to what was on the video. They also showed the victim a picture of him and she confirmed that they had the right person.
“The important thing is, we need to know. Because, today it really does require more than just the cameras and more than just the campus police to keep us safe,” Fraire said.
Aldaco admitted to police what he did, but attempted to call the victim his friend. It was quickly established she was not. He told police he knew it was wrong and that he “f——d up.”
Students on campus say for the most part they feel very safe but for some, things are changing.
“I have felt safe, but lately there’s been a lot going on so it’s getting to the point where it’s, I don’t feel as safe as I used to,” said Junior, Savanna Reyna.
ACC sent out alert emails and text messages to students about the incident. Students like Reyna say that is appreciated but the timing could be better. “Sometimes as of like the situation that just occurred, I was only notified an hour or two later. So it’s kind of something, especially of this nature, I’d like to know a little sooner maybe,” she said.
Fraire says the first goal is safety of the students and the campus has zero tolerance for sexual assault crimes.
“We are a very safe campus. These kinds of things really don’t happen here. But this is something we don’t tolerate whether you are a young teen or an older female, or male for that matter. It’s serious,” Fraire said.
Aldaco was booked into the Travis County Jail with a $40,000 bond. Jail records do not show him as a current inmate.