HOUSTON – A former Comcast contract worker is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
Jose Torres was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child last week and was still on the loose Monday.
According to court documents, Torres installed cable at a home on Telephone Road where a 14-year-old girl lived in late July 2010.
Two days after the cable was installed, the girl said she was raped in her bedroom.
The girl said she was alone in her room one night, sleeping, when she woke up to find a man standing over her.
She said she thought the man was "the cable guy," but she did not know his name.
The girl told police the man threatened her with a screwdriver and a knife and sexually assaulted her. She said she thought he might have gotten into the home through the back door.
Police later said they found pry marks around the back door after the alleged assault.
The victim’s mother said Torres had been in every room of the home when he installed the cable, so he would have known where the girl’s bedroom was located.
"My daughter, she called me at my door and said, ‘Mom, come over here,’" the mother said. "She told me, ‘He violated me.’ And I asked her, ‘Why did you not scream?’"
The victim told her mother she kept quiet because the man threatened to kill her and her family if she cried out.
The victim’s mother also said Torres left only a business card after he was finished installing the cable – but not a receipt or any other kind of paperwork.
When investigators interviewed Torres, he denied having anything to do with the assault, but said he may have installed cable at the home.
Police said he gave a DNA sample, but investigators were unable to get any DNA from the rape kit. The victim said the man who assaulted her had used a condom.
However, investigators said when they showed the victim a photo of Torres, she identified him as her attacker.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, Comcast said they terminated Torres immediately after learning of the alleged assault:
"We are horrified by these very serious allegations and have been cooperating with the authorities since their investigation began. Upon hearing of this incident, we immediately removed Mr. Torres from working on our behalf."
At the time of the incident, Comcast said Torres was working for a local company called Blue Wave, which did contract installation work for the cable company.
Comcast said Torres passed a background check before he was allowed to work.
Anyone with information on Torres’ whereabouts should call police.