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Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014
Crime & Courts

Police: Polk man had fake ID during molestation arrest


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A man released on bail last week after his arrest on child molestation charges was jailed again Tuesday when Winter Haven police said he provided investigators with false identification.

The man, who told police his name was Silvino Rebollar-Vera, was arrested Friday after neighbors reported seeing him molest a 3-year-old girl through a window, police said. He posted $25,000 bond on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation and lewd exhibition.

After his arrest, detectives investigated his background because information regarding his identity could not be confirmed, police said. Investigators learned a Social Security number and driver's license number used by the man belonged to other people.

Police are still unable to confirm the suspect's name.

He now faces a charge of providing false identity to law enforcement. The Department of Homeland Security was contacted, and a federal detainer was placed on him, police said.

On Friday night, the man was inside his home with the window open, deputies said. There were no street lights and the room was well-lit and "very visible" to those outside.

Just before 11 p.m., a neighbor and visitor called authorities to report seeing through the window what they believed to be a small child being molested, police said. One witness told police the child was sitting on the man's lap and kissing mouth to mouth.

At one point, they said the child's mother entered the room and was heard saying, "Ya'll stop that," but she did not try to remove the child from the man's lap.

When officers arrived, other people were gathered outside the home witnessing the man's behavior, police said. The man was seen on a bed performing lewd acts with the child, police said. Another child, age 6, was in the room watching, police said.

Officers attempted to enter the home but the door was locked, police said. An officer had to beat on a window to get the attention of the mother and demanded the door be opened, police said. Once inside, officers saw the man, who identified himself as Rebollar-Vera, jump from the bed attempting to zip his pants, police said.

The state Department of Children & Families took the children into protective custody.

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