HPD: Surveillance released in alleged sexual assault of 10-year-old boy at library

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HOUSTON — Houston investigators held a press conference Friday morning to discuss new details in the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy at a north side library earlier this fall, police said.

The child was in the men’s bathroom of the Aldine Branch Library around 3:30 p.m. on August 24 when a man forced him into a stall and sexually assaulted him, investigators said.

Investigators said the boy was at the library alone, although his mother was within walking distance of the facility. The surveillance clip shows the man walking into the library with a pair of sunglasses on his head.

“At this moment, since it’s still under investigation, we’re just going to go with possible suspect,” an investigator said.

Officers said the boy was able to escape as his attacker left the building, leaving on foot in an unknown direction.

The  man in the video was a 5-foot-7-inches to 5-foot-10 inches man weighing about 140 to 170 pounds, investigators said. Police said he has a goatee and was wearing a dark-colored polo shirt and dark pants during the incident.

“What I would recommend for parents is always be aware of where you child is at all times,” an officer said.

Anyone with information related to the assault is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477). The agency is offering an up to $5,000 tips leading to an charging or arrest.