CCPD reaches out to daycare parents in wake of arrest
The Cape Coral Police Department is asking parents whose children attended a daycare where an arrest was made after a mother told police her 5-year-old daughter was shown “sexual videos” to contact the agency.
“The Cape Coral Police Department is actively investigating a crime that occurred in an unlicensed daycare located at 1228 SE 21st Place Cape Coral, Fl.,” the release states. “The Cape Coral Police Department requests that any parents whom had children attend this facility to please contact Detective Patricia Bell at 239-574-0652 or firstname.lastname@example.org .”
Felipe Cruz Hernandez, 66, whose listed address is the same as the daycare, was charged with lewd lascivious behavior-molest victim less than 12 offender 18 or older and obscene material sell – to minor on March 15.
CCPD investigators went to the residence on March 13 after receiving a complaint that “an elderly male,” later identified as Cruz Hernandez, had “made sexual gestures and showed sexual videos” to the child, the arrest report states. The girl told her mother that “popo” had shown her these things on a phone.
The child was interviewed on March 14 by a Child Protection Team case coordinator.
Police then contacted Cruz Hernandez, who came voluntarily to the police station where he told officers the children at the center “call him papa,” the arrest report states.
Cruz Hernandez was arrested and taken to the Lee County Jail.
Bond was set at $90,000 on the lewd lascivious behavior; $10,000 for the obscene material charge.
Bond was paid on March 15 and Cruz Hernandez, who the arrest report states is visiting from Cuba, was released on March 16, according to jail records.
A trial date has been set for April 16.