Man accused of sexually assaulting Houston schoolchildren

Man accused of sexually assaulting Houston schoolchildren

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.

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