SOLEDAD — Soledad Police Department and agents from Homeland Security Investigations arrested Hugo Cesar Marquez on March 17 for multiple sex crimes involving children.
Soledad Police began the investigation just three days prior after a woman came forward and reported her juvenile niece, who is under the age of 10, had been sexually abused by Marquez, the reporting party’s stepfather.
As news of the abuse spread among the immediate family, the reporting party and her two adult sisters came forward and reported their stepfather had sexually battered them, as well.
“All three adult sisters stated this happened to them multiple times between the ages of 7 and 12 years old,” police said in a news release. “It was determined the adult sisters were sexually abused when living with Marquez in the City of Salinas many years ago.”
Homeland Security Investigations also found that Marquez had previously used multiple names and dates of birth and had convictions for providing a false name to a police officer.
Marquez is currently being held at the Monterey County Jail with no bail for multiple charges involving sex crimes against a juvenile.
“Any further victims are encouraged to contact the Soledad Police Department,” police said.
Anyone affected by sexual assault can find support on the National Sexual Assault Hotline, or visit online.rainn.org to receive support via confidential online chat. Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME or 800-782-7463, or visit WeTip.com.