Friday, August 7, 2020

Sex Assault Suspect Charged, More VIctims Sought

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the sexual assault of a child in incidents dating back to January 1, 2019.  

The suspect, Jose Abel Mena, age 60, is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child in the 183rd State District Court.  

Mena is accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy, as recently as April 2020.  The victim, who is a known acquaintance to Mena, was assaulted on several occasions at Mena's residence in the 9600 block of Fulton Street.  

In April, the victim reported the incident to his family, who then contacted the police.  After a lengthy investigation and obtaining a positive identification from the victim's family, detectives contacted Mena and spoke to him regarding the allegations.  Mena admitted to committing the sexual assaults and, on July 27, turned himself into police.  

Mena is the president/pastor of a local church group called Pueblo de Dios, and held services on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  Because of his position, investigators believe there may be other victims.  

Anyone who had contact with Jose Abel Mena or has information on other possible victims is urged to contact the Children's Assessment Center at 713-830-3259.