Detectives located Contreras, now living in Sunnyvale, and arrested him on Dec. 13 without incident.
The former neighbor told police that Contreras — known by people in the area as Chente — waited in the area outside her apartment and molested her "dozens" of times when she would take the trash out for her family, police said. Contreras would reportedly grab the victim and prevent her from escaping.
Contreras was also arrested in 2002 after he was suspected of sexually assaulting another child. The prior case is part of the current investigation, police said. That case was eventually dropped.
Since releasing information on the arrest last week, police reported Wednesday over social media that additional victims have come forward to report allegations against Contreras. One of them — who was a victim in the 2002 case — told police that Contreras had preyed on her and sexually assaulted her repeatedly while she was a young girl, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.
The third person who came forward with allegations was being interviewed by investigators, but as of the Voice's press deadline Wednesday, it was unclear if any additional charges would result, Nelson said.
Police credited the first victim for reporting the incidents, which served as the basis for the arrest.
"The victim's heroism in coming forward regarding these incidents cannot be overstated," Sgt. Dan Vicencio said in a statement. "We are proud of her, and we will work to ensure that justice will prevail in this case."
Contreras is suspected of a long list of charges including multiple counts of lewd acts on a child with force; digital penetration of a minor; aggravated sexual assault; sexual battery; and a sex crime resulting in great bodily injury. He is also charged with kidnapping and indecent exposure.
Contreras was booked into Santa Clara County's Elmwood Correctional Facility without bail.
Anyone who is a victim or believes they know a victim is asked to contact Detective Temo Gonzalez at [email protected] Any past or current neighbors of Contreras are also asked to come forward with information that might assist in the investigation.
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