OCALA, Florida. – A Central Florida man was arrested Monday for indecent assault and attempted sexual assault of a child under 12, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Deputies said they responded to the Golden Hills Mobile Home Park on Highway 40 west in Ocala in response to a report that Rogelio Argote Munoz, 38, molested a child.
The sheriff’s office opened an investigation which revealed that Argote Munoz allegedly invited the boy to his home and lured the child to his bedroom to feed baby chickens which he allegedly kept in the bathroom. Once inside the room, authorities said Argote Munoz exposed himself and allegedly assaulted the child and attempted to sexually beat him.
The child told law enforcement of previous similar incidents that occurred and that Argote Munoz claimed to have engaged in sexual acts with other children.
Argote Munoz was arrested and taken to Marion County Jail. Due to the nature of his statements, MCSO believes that Argote Munoz may have victimized other children.
Anyone with information about sexual abuse by Argote Munoz is asked to call Detective Hartigan at 352-368-3535.