Two additional alleged victims have come forward in a sexual abuse investigation surrounding a Lompoc day care provider's husband, who also is facing added charges related to threatening a witness.
Lompoc Police Department detectives reported the new possible victims Friday afternoon, bringing the number of alleged victims to three.
LPD officers arrested 58-year-old Salvador Moreno Mojarras Jr. on Tuesday at the Mojarras Family Child Care Center, located at 1700 E. Nectarine Ave., which also was his residence. Mojarras Jr. is the husband of Gloria Mojarras, who is listed as the contact person for the day care.
On Friday, LPD asked that any family who has utilized the day care between 2001 and 2015 call Detective Scott Morgan at 875-8159. The department said its investigation is ongoing and that detectives are attempting to identify any additional victims who have yet to come forward.
Salvador Mojarras Jr. was initially charged with four felony counts, but that total has since gone up to six. The charges include having intercourse with a child 10 years or younger; oral copulation with a child under 10; sexual penetration with a child under 10; continuous sexual abuse of a child; and lewd and lascivious act with a child under 14.
He is also alleged to have used a knife and faces a count of dissuading a witness with force or fear.
His bail was increased to $1.1 million, and he has a court date scheduled for Sept. 8.
Police said Tuesday the investigation into Mojarras Jr. was sparked when a female juvenile came forward with information alleging that one of the day care providers molested her in the past.
Detectives were able to gather probable cause for the issuance of search-and-arrest warrants, which they used to apprehend Mojarras Jr. without incident.
LPD officials are encouraging parents to use care when talking to their child about possible crimes of this nature.
“Often the child will not want to discuss such a traumatic incident with a parent, either because of a perceived threat from the suspect or embarrassment,” a department official said. “It is advised that parents or guardians not delve into specifics as this may further traumatize the child. The Lompoc Police have specially trained interviewers who know how to interview molestation victims and we encourage parents to come forward and allow our investigators the opportunity to talk to their child.”
Counselors will be made available to those families that require help during this difficult time, according to LPD.