Illegal immigrant 32-year-old Victor Francisco Michel-Lara has been arrested and charged with two first-degree felony counts of rape of a child.
Michel-Lara was arrested on Sunday in Utah for his alleged crime and had previously been arrested on unrelated charges and deported back to Mexico.
During an interview at Iron County Children's Justice Center, the victim told investigators that Michel-Lara had molested her “many times in the last six months.” She added that he had raped her “thousands of times.”
Michel-Lara admitted to multiple incidents, but explained in Spanish that the sexual assaults “unintentionally occurred” when he was applying lotion to her skin.
He then allegedly tried to excuse his actions by claiming the rape occurred when the two were “rough housing” and “jumping around” following a shower twice.
A $200,000 cash-only bail was set because he is a possible flight risk.