Man accused of sexually abusing 13-year-old now in custody

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - The Houston-area man accused of sexually abusing his common-law wife's teen daughter for almost two years is now in custody.

Reynaldo Zepeda, 41, has been charged with the continuous sexual assault of a child. It was announced Friday that he was in custody after an overnight search.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, the allegations of abuse came to light after Zepeda was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon of his common-law wife and her 14-year-old son.

Zepeda and the woman were reportedly separated when she came home to find him in the residence one night. She ordered him to leave and he allegedly struck her several times. Police say he then retrieved a knife and stabbed her in the upper torso.

The woman's son went to help her and was also allegedly stabbed by Zepeda. Both victims recovered from their wounds.

During the investigation, police say the woman's 13-year-old daughter confided to her mother that Zepeda had been sexually abusing her for 20 months.

(© 2017 KHOU)


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