Man accused of sexually abusing 9-year-old girl in Pharr

Fernando Balladares // Hidalgo County Jail Photo

A man is facing criminal charges after being accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl in Pharr.

Pharr police booked 35-year-old Fernando Balladares into the Hidalgo County Jail on Wednesday evening.

Balladares is accused of an aggravated sexual assault of a child charge.

Court records in the case show that Balladares molested the girl at least three times before she made an outrcy.

Police first learned about the allegations through a Child Protective Services case worker.

Action 4 News does not identify victims of sexual abuse but court records show that Balladares had contact with the girl through her family.

Balladares remains in custody at the Hidalgo County Jail under $10,000 bond for the sexual abuse charge and a warrant for past due child support.

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