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Nine-year-old Sexually Assaulted in Irving Metro PCS Store

BY IRVING WEEKLY STAFF

Irving, Texas. May 15, 2017

The Irving Police Department is investigating a sexual assault case involving a nine-year-old female victim that occurred at a Metro PCS store in the 1400 block of E. Grauwyler Road. Over the past year, the victim was dropped off at the business to play while her mother attended a fitness class next door. On April 18th, the victim made an outcry that she had been inappropriately touched by a man in the store. During a forensic interview, the victim described being taken to a back room on several occasions by a male employee where he sexually assaulted her.

Detectives identified Gerardo Israel Strauss, 36 years of age, as the suspect in the case. On May 12th, Strauss was taken into custody on a charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault (Child) with the bond set at $100,000. He remains in the Irving City Jail as detectives continue their investigation. Children who were left unattended with the suspect should be questioned about inappropriate physical contact. Anyone with concerns that their child may be a victim is asked to contact Detective Curtis at (972) 721-2535. The release of further information is limited due to the age of the victim and the nature of the crime.


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