Sexual Assault Suspect Charged, More Victims Sought
November 17, 2020 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested following a months-long child sexual assault investigation involving multiple victims.
The suspect, Jose Luis Pena (H/m, 58), is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 in the 338th State District Court.
A booking photo of Pena is attached to this news release.
Investigators believe the assaults occurred from June 1999 through 2003 in multiple areas of Texas, mostly in northwest area of Houston. However, it has also been reported Pena committed sexual assaults in the 1970s and 1980s. The incidents occurred at the following dates and locations:
- 700 Villerreal Drive in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1970s or 1980s
- 900 South Adams, Dallas, Texas in 1981 or 1982
- Near 3900 Ridge Canyon Road in Baytown, Texas, date unknown
- 9600 Hannon Drive from June 20, 1999 to January 9, 2003
The age of the victims ranged from 3 years to 14 years of age. Investigators made contact with numerous individuals who identified Pena as the suspect who sexually assaulted them or someone they knew.
In November 2019, investigators in the HPD Special Victims Division opened an investigation into allegations made by two adult female victims of being sexually assaulted when they were children. An initial investigation developed information on the whereabouts of the victims and investigators took statements regarding the allegations. In August 2020, further investigation and subsequent interviews with the victims and other witness statements positively identified Pena as the suspect in the sexual assaults. In October, aggravated sexual assault charges were filed. Pena was subsequently located and arrested on November 6, 2020.
Anyone with additional information in these cases or who may have been in contact with Jose Luis Pena is urged to contact the HPD Crimes Against Children Unit at 713-830-3265 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.
Jose Luis Pena
Inc. # 143813819