A Mexican man was arraigned on a charge of indecency with a child by contact after he was arrested for accosting a young Harker Heights girl Aug 29.

Victor Noe Cortes Puga, 31, was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Aug. 30, after police were called to a Heights residence regarding a possible sexual assault of a child. Puga’s bond was set at $100,000.

According to an arrest affidavit, police interviewed the victim’s mother, who told officers she was asleep when her 5-year old daughter woke up crying and wearing no shorts or underwear.

The affidavit claims the girl was sexually assaulted by Puga. The victim was taken to a hospital for a sexual assault examination, during which the 5-year old described how Puga touched his genitals against hers.

The victim was also interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center, where, the affidavit said, she repeated her claims.

Legal documents obtained by the Herald indicates that Puga is a Mexican citizen. The Mexican Consulate was notified of the charges.

Sadly, sexual assault continues to a bane on the U.S. population, although the crime has seen a decline of approximately 49 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization survey, 2009-2013.

According to the survey, roughly, a sexual assault of an American 12 years and older occurs in this country every two minutes. That equates to 293,066 victims each year. If that number is not appalling to you, it should be. What is even worse, many cases of abuse go unreported.

The Centers for Disease Control/Kaiser Permante Adverse Childhood study of 2012 estimates that nationally, a report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds.

Abuse is defined as sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, physical neglect and emotional neglect.

Whose problem is this? Ours. All of us. We all share in the responsibility to speak for, care for, provide for and protect the children of this nation.

We cannot ignore the obvious abuse we witness next door using the excuse that it is not our business.

Society as a whole suffers the result of adverse childhood experiences, which can result in learned family violence, alcohol abuse, smoking and drinking at a young age, illicit drug usage, depression and suicide attempts.

Abuse breeds abuse. Stop it.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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