A father was indicted by a grand jury Friday on the charge of continuously sexually abusing his daughter from the age of 12 to 16.
The man, 52-year-old David Salinas, faces the charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.
Police first charged Salinas in November of last year after his daughter reportedly told police her father had begun touching her vagina and breasts over her clothes when she was about 12 years old, the probable cause affidavit stated. This later progressed to touching her under her clothes and forcing her to perform oral sex, the report detailed.
The victim told police this continued until 2011, when she was around 15 or 16, and Salinas reportedly said she would be taken away from her family if she told anyone, the document said.
She also reportedly told police Salinas had molested her cousin when she was a child as well, the affidavit stated, touching her breasts when she was 10 years old, but the cousin has yet to come forward and give a statement.
The victim’s mother also reported being sexually assaulted by Salinas when she was 12 years old, the report said, while Salinas was her stepfather, continuously abusing her until she was 17, when, she told police, Salinas manipulated her into marrying him and starting a family.
Jail records show Salinas has been held in the Ector County Detention Center since November and has three bonds totaling $450,000.
Court records show Salinas has an arraignment hearing scheduled at 3 p.m. Feb. 5 in the 161st District Court, where Judge John Smith will formally issue the charge. Robert Garcia is listed as Salinas’ court-appointed attorney.