Local Spanish Television Personality charged in second child sexual assault case

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A local Spanish language music show producer who was charged earlier this month with the sexual assault of a child is facing additional charges in the sexual assault of another child victim, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Elpidio “Juan” Contreras, 53, of Chicago, has been charged with one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse (Class 2 felony).  Contreras appeared in bond court today at the George Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago where his bond was set at $250,000.  He is scheduled to appear in court again on June 20, 2013.

According to prosecutors, Contreras was a friend of the victim’s family and during the summer of 2007, the victim and a family member were invited to visit Contreras at his office.  During the visit, Contreras sent the family member to run an errand and while alone with the victim, who was eight years old at the time, Contreras is alleged to have pulled down the child’s pants and underwear and taken a photo of the victim. Contreras then fondled the victim’s chest over her clothes, showed the victim the photograph and then gave her money. 

On another occasion approximately one year later, Contreras offered to help the same victim learn how to ride a bike and while doing so fondled the victim’s buttocks over her clothes.

The victim in this case came forward after seeing news media reports of Contreras’ arrest earlier this month.  In that case, Contreras is charged with Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault (Class X felony) for touching an 11-year-old victim in an inappropriate manner and taking photos of the victim in a bikini and topless on several occasions while giving the victim voice lessons.  His next court date in that case is June 6, 2013.

Contreras is the producer and host of “The Juan Contreras Show” a Spanish language musical show featuring local and national musical talent.

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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