A Richmond barber was arrested and charged with indecency with a child and for failing to register as a sex offender on Wednesday.
The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges against Sergio David Chavarria, also known as Rey.
During an investigation that began in October, law enforcement determined that Chavarria was an employee at Express Cuts, a local hair salon in Richmond, according to the DA’s office. The investigation revealed that while working at the salon, Chavarria had sexual contact with a 13-year-old child, who was at the time of the contact, a customer of the salon.
Further, authorities learned that Chavarria is a registered sex offender.
Based on the investigation, authorities suspect there may be other children who were victimized. It’s believed that Chavarria has worked at Express Cuts since it opened approximately 10 years ago.
Investigators are asking that if anyone has taken their children to Express Cuts during that time frame, or if they have had any contact with Chavarria, authorities want to know about it.
While Chavarria worked in the Richmond area, his exposure and access to children could have occurred anywhere in Fort Bend County or elsewhere.
“Texas law requires all persons to report evidence of child abuse and immigration status should not be a barrier,” lead prosecutor Craig Priesmeyer said in a press release. “Protecting our children is the top priority and your immigration status is not at issue here.”
Indecency with a child by sexual contact is a second-degree felony with a punishment range of two-to-20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Failure to comply with a sex offender’s duty to register is a third-degree felony with a punishment range of two-to-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Chavarria is currently being held at the Fort Bend County Jail on a $320,000 bond.
“We are requesting parents of children who have frequented Express Cuts to speak with their children to determine whether their children had any inappropriate contact with Sergio Chavarria. Children who have been sexually abused often have delayed outcries or may be reluctant to talk about being sexually abused,” Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton said.
“And for those who are seeking to harm children in our county, know that local law enforcement will find you and stop you, and we will most certainly prosecute you.”
Anyone with information about Chavarria is encouraged to contact Det. Andrew Runge from the Richmond Police Department at (281) 342-2849 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or their local law enforcement agency.