SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD
Luis Angel Bautista
DEFENDANT: Luis Angel Bautista (29 Years of Age)
Reading, Pennsylvania 19605
Statutory Sexual Assault
Aggravated Indecent Assault
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On December 27, 2020, the Reading Police Department received a complaint relative to a sexual assault involving a thirteen-year-old female victim. A Reading Police Officer responded to the residence of the victim and conducted a brief minimal fact interview. The complaint was referred to the Berks County District Attorney’s Detective Office.
The Berks County Detectives initiated a criminal investigation, which yielded the following information:
On January 15, 2021, a Forensic Interview was conducted at a Child Advocacy Center. During this interview, the victim disclosed and provided specific details related to the sexual assault which occurred on April 23, 2020, inside a residence located in the City of Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
The victim positively identified the defendant, Luis Angel Bautista, her uncle, as the person who sexually assaulted and impregnated her. He was twenty-eight years of age at the time of the assault.
During the investigation, detectives collected DNA samples from the defendant, the victim and her baby.
On May 5, 2021, the DNA samples were delivered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, for testing and comparison.
On July 6, 2021, the Berks County Detectives received a laboratory report from the FBI which concluded that the defendant, Luis Angel Bautista, is in fact the biological father of the victim’s child who was born December 8, 2020.
On August 4, 2021, detectives filed criminal charges against the defendant, Luis Angel Bautista, before Magisterial District Judge Tonya Butler.
Subsequently, Magisterial District Judge Butler issued an arrest warrant for the defendant.
On August 12, 2021, at approximately 8:30 a.m., members of the Berks County Sheriff’s Department Warrants Squad, apprehended the defendant at his Muhlenberg Township residence. The defendant was immediately taken into custody and transported to the Central Processing Center where he was fingerprinted and photographed.
He was arraigned and bail was set at $100,000. He currently remains in Berks County Jail awaiting further court action.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Luis Angel Bautista, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.