Hazleton police

West Hazleton Man Facing 22 Counts of Child Abuse

November 15, 2018 - 4:56 am

Subject: Rape 22 Counts - Child Abuse - Media Release



Florencio JUAREZ (44 year old male)DEFENDANT
Female victim A (10-12 years old at the time of abuse)
Female victim B (8-10 years old at the time of abuse)

An investigation by the Hazleton City Police Detective Division culminated in an arrest today at 1800 hours.

Beginning on November 11th, 2018 Hazleton City Police, Luzerne County District Attorney's Office and the Luzerne County Children and Youth began an investigation into child abuse claims on a two female victims.

Florencio JUAREZ was charged with the following:

Rape Forcible Compulsion F1, 2 counts

Rape Threat of Forcibke Compulsion F1, 2 counts

Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse F1, 2 counts

Unlawful Contact with a Minor, F1, 2 counts

Aggravated Indecent Aassault of a Child F1, 2 counts

Sexual Assault, F2, 2 counts

Indecent Assault Forcible Compulsion F3, 2 counts

Endangering the Welfare of Children (victim less than 13 years of age) F3, 2 counts

Corruption of Minors F3, 2 counts

Terroristic Treats, M1, 2 counts

Throughout the course of the investigation it was determined that JUAREZ had sexual contact with two juvenile females at a home on East Broad Street in the City of Hazleton over a two year time period.

The abuse occurred while the children's parents were working and JUAREZ was placed in charge of watching them.  The investigation discovered that JUAREZ abused the two females on an almost daily basis through various forms of sexual contact for a period of two years.

He was taken into custody at his home in West Hazleton with the assistance of Luzerne County Children and Youth and the West Hazleton Police Department.

JUAREZ was arraigned by Magistrate Dixon and denied bail.

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