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Modesto man arrested on accusations he molested two children

Stanislaus County sheriff's detectives arrested a man and booked him into the county jail in Modesto on charges that he molested two children.

The sheriff's office said detectives were called to Bret Harte Elementary School after a child told a school staff member that her father had molested her. The child told detectives there were two victims, according to a sheriff's office news release, but it was unclear if the second victim was related to the man or the girl.

Detectives contacted the girl's father, Juan Gutierrez Lopez, and interviewed him before arresting him. They determined that Lopez had been using the alias of Cesar Murillo-Guizar for the past five years.

According to investigators, Lopez was wanted on a felony drug warrant issued in Santa Clara County in 2003. Lopez went to Mexico, obtained a false identification card and came to Modesto in 2006 to live with his family.

Lopez was booked on charges of engaging in lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, oral copulation with a child, and on the warrant from Santa Clara County.

Detectives ask anyone with information about the case to contact Detective Chad Bankston at (209) 525-7050. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at modestopolice.com/crimestoppers or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward.

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