Merced police arrested a 36-year-old Merced man after a teenage girl told authorities he molested her while she slept, police said Friday.
The 15-year-old girl said she was at Richard Cervantes' home in north Merced on Jan. 27 when he offered her alcohol while he also was drinking, according to a Merced Police news release.
According to police, the teenager said Cervantes touched her underneath her clothing. She said Cervantes touched her breast twice while she was at the home, and attempted to touch her breast another time, according to the release.
Police said Cervantes admitted to providing alcohol to the victim, massaging her feet and wrestling over a place to sit on a couch with her, the release states.
Cervantes' attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.
Cervantes was arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing acts with a child while being at least 10 years older. He posted bail early Friday morning, according to Merced County Jail records.
Authorities interviewed several witnesses and gathered evidence during the investigation, according to the release. They also developed information that there may be other victims, Merced Police Capt. Bimley West said.
"If we have other victims out there, we urge them to please come forward," West said, adding that tips can remain confidential and anonymous.
West said the teenager and Cervantes "were not strangers to each other," adding that they weren't close.
The department filed charges and reports with the Merced County District Attorney's Office, according to West. The District Attorney's Office will determine whether Cervantes will be prosecuted or not, and what charges he may face.
Anyone with information is being asked to contact Merced Police Detective Kalvin Haygood at 209-385-6998, or 209-385-6905.