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June 26, 2014

Lawrence man accused of sex assault at Salem motel

Alleged victim, 10, reported to a teacher

SALEM — A Lawrence man is being held on $25,000 cash bail, charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl at a Salem motel.

Daniel Perez, 31, was arrested Tuesday and has been in the county jail since.

The alleged victim told a schoolteacher late last month that Perez had sexually assaulted her in late May.

A Lawrence District Court judge issued an emergency order May 30 to remove the girl from the Park View Inn at 109 S. Broadway, where both she and Perez were staying at the time.

The girl told investigators that Perez had touched her repeatedly and inappropriately on the night of May 25 and into the next morning.

She reported what happened to a teacher later that week and Massachusetts social workers became involved, according to a police affidavit filed in court.

Perez went to the Salem police station voluntarily Tuesday and initially denied “any and all allegations,” Detective H. Michael Geha wrote in his affidavit.

But, Geha wrote, Perez also apologized for his actions and said he didn’t remember what had happened on the night in question.

Ultimately, according to the affidavit, Perez said his alleged victim was telling the truth.

He was arrested, refused the services of a bail commissioner and taken to the county jail.

Perez is charged with felonious sexual assault of a person under the age of 13.

In 10th Circuit Court yesterday, police prosecutor Jason Grosky asked Judge Robert Stephen to set bail at $25,000 cash.

Perez, who opted not to have a lawyer represent him during the bail hearing, asked for a reasonable bail.

Appearing via video from the county jail, Perez told the judge he had been threatened since his incarceration. He said he had a “good address” with his mother in Lawrence and couldn’t remain in jail because of the alleged threats.

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