Investigators Shocked As “ Very Disturbing” Report Shows Pedophile Using Ice Cream Truck

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RWC News Investigators Shocked As “ Very Disturbing” Report Shows Pedophile Using Ice Cream Truck

Florida officials fear that this instance wasn’t a single crime, there may be other children involved.

A man who sells ice cream from a cart in a Florida town was arrested for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl after selling her and her brother a frozen treat at his home, authorities said.

Bernardo Salinas, 66, allegedly attacked the girl after she and her 8-year-old brother went to his Bradenton house to buy ice cream and the suspect told the boy to go play outside with friends, according to an arrest report, according to an arrest report obtained by the Bradenton Herald.

The girl told detectives with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office late Sunday that Salinas then took the girl to his bedroom and locked the door before sexually assaulting her. Both the girl and her brother corroborated the allegations, according to the arrest report.

Salinas, who was charged with capital sexual battery, denied assaulting the girl — but changed his story several times during interviews with detectives, the Bradenton Herald reports. He initially denied letting either child in his bedroom before telling detectives the girl locked herself in the room to keep her brother out. Salinas then told detectives that the boy entered the room and locked the door, according to the arrest report.

“He enticed the victim,” Dave Bristow, a spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, told FOX 13. “He sold the victim ice cream, and then, unfortunately, the next thing you know he’s sexually assaulting her.”

A relative told the station that the girl didn’t tell her parents about the alleged assault until late Sunday.

“It’s crazy how an old like that can have a sick mind to go and do that to a little girl,” the unidentified relative said. “The past days in my mind, I’m going to sleep and I’m still thinking about this.”

Investigators are now looking into the “very, very disturbing” possibility that they could be additional victims in the Pride Park section of Bradenton, Bristow said.

Salinas remained jailed as of late Tuesday, FOX 13 reports. It’s unclear whether he’s hired an attorney.

Anyone with more information is asked to call the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 747-3011.

H/T: New York Post

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Emma Laftchu
I began reporting for RWC News on October 12th of 2016. Prior to that I was a reporter for WOKR Radio.

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