HOUSTON (AP) - Police investigators say a 35-year-old man sexually assaulted at least 10 children over the course of nearly three years as they walked to or from Houston schools.
Authorities said in a statement Tuesday that Carlos Jose Ayala is being held on charges that include indecency with a child.
Police say Ayala targeted young girls by walking up behind them and inappropriately touching them.
In one instance it's believed he tried to pull a 7-year-old into his car, only to be stopped when the girl's brother screamed.
Ayala was taken into custody Feb. 17 after officers spotted a car that matched a description given by victims. It wasn't immediately clear why several weeks passed before police announced the arrest.
Harris County jail records don't indicate whether Ayala has an attorney.