Mario Reyes Jr.

Mario Reyes Jr.

A man charged with sexually assaulting two children under the age of 17 was arraigned Friday on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

Mario Reyes Jr., 42, was arrested on Wednesday in Temple in connection to two different sexual assault cases. While at the Home Depot at 3550 S. General Bruce Drive, officers watched Reyes take off his jacket and hand it to another person as he entered the store. That person reached into a pocket of the jacket to grab a phone, and noticed the handle of a pistol, according to the affidavit.

The pistol recovered was a .22 revolver, loaded with five bullets, according to the affidavit.

On Nov. 2, 2000, Reyes was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced to four years in prison. Because of that, he is not permitted to carry a firearm lawfully.

Reyes was already arraigned on the sexual assault charges Thursday.

On Dec. 21. a 17-year-old girl told someone with the Children's Advocacy Center of Central Texas that Reyes had repeatedly touched her breast since she was in seventh grade, according to the affidavit for arrest. One time, Reyes pleasured himself while he touched her inappropriately, police said.

In another case, Reyes is said to have sexually assaulted a girl under the age of 6 in his home on Oct. 20, according to the affidavit for arrest.

Cooke arraigned Reyes and assigned him a $250,000 bond for each charge. His bond for the unlawful possession of a firearm charge has been set at $50,000. As of 3:30 p.m. Friday he had not been booked into the Bell County Jail.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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