ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA) — A Rogers man admitted to molesting a young girl around 20 times over the course of a year.
Julio Marquez-Padilla, 42, was questioned by Benton County Sheriff’s Office investigators, who began investigating Marquez-Padilla on Wednesday, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The little girl’s mother filed a report on Wednesday, saying that her daughter told her that Marquez-Padilla had molested her, according to the affidavit.
Marquez-Padilla admitted to investigators that he fondled the little girl’s genitals several times, sometimes under her clothes and sometimes over her clothes, the affidavit states.
Marquez-Padilla told investigators he did not know why he molested the girl, but he said he spoke to a priest about it and wanted to pay for what he did.
Marquez-Padilla was booked into the Benton County Detention Center. His court date is set for December 17.