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Deported Man Returns To US, Allegedly Assaults Girl (Photo)

| by Alex Scarr

A man deported to Mexico in 2001 has allegedly returned to the U.S. and is now accused of breaking into an apartment and sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Santiago Martinez-Flores, 48, is wanted by authorities in Oregon for sexual assault and breaking and entering in February 2017, according to KATU. Martinez-Flores has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1994 and was deported in 2001 after a two-year stint in the Oregon Department of Corrections.

The girl's mother said Martinez-Flores snuck in through a window and gained access to the bedroom where the alleged victim and her 5-year-old sister were sleeping. Martinez-Flores then reportedly pinned the 9-year-old down to the bed before the girl managed to escape and flee to her parents' bedroom.

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The girl's father grabbed a gun and returned to his daughters' bedroom, but by then the alleged attacker had fled.

Fingerprints taken at the scene identified Martinez-Flores as the primary suspect. The girl was also able to provide a description of her alleged attacker to the police, and preliminary sketches resemble mugshots of Martinez-Flores.

"It's a terrible thing, and to have somebody take advantage of a child like that I think is one of the worst things that a human being can do," said neighbor Debra Griffith. "I hope they put them away for a long, long time."

"The girls go back-and-forth with our friends, back-and-forth across the street, and they're always going back-and-forth unattended all the time," said Heather Williams, another resident of the apartment complex where the family lived. Williams told KATU she is now worried for the safety of other children in the neighborhood.

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The family has since moved from the apartment where the alleged attack took place.

"This is why people are going to start hating illegal immigrants even more, 'cause stuff like that," said tenant Vasiliy Tereshchnko to KPTV. Another resident said it "takes only one apple to spoil the bunch."

Martinez-Flores' criminal record includes previous jail time served for assault, criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle and failure to perform the duties of a driver, according to Fox News.

Authorities said Martinez-Flores has used several aliases in the past, including Felipe Coeto and Isidro Ramos Flores. They believe he may be using another identity in an effort to evade police. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Department posted photos of Martinez-Flores along with the number for a tip line on its Twitter account, urging local residents to help in his capture.

Sources: KATU, Fox News, KPTV / Photo credit: Thomas Hawk/Flickr, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office via KATU

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