67 year old man arrested in Merida for sexually abusing his 8 year old granddaughter

Mexico, February 2017

Police elements of public security (SSP) arrested José Ariel Sauri, age 67, for sexually abusing an 8 year old child, on Tuesday January 28th, around 6:00 pm.

In a routine surveillance in one of the parking lots of the recreational areas of “Fraccionamiento del Parque” , police officers noticed something unusual in one of the vehicles, upon approaching, a subject was found along with an 8 year old minor in the backseat of a Chevrolet Corsa with license plate YZZ-1208.

When the officers approached Sauri´s car they noticed that he had his shorts and underwear down to his knees and was lifting the young girl’s skirt.

The minor later told the officers that the man was in fact his grandfather and that he took her out for a ride, when he suddenly parked the car, lifted her skirt and proceeded to touch her legs and other parts of her body.

As part of the operation, staff of the Prevention of Family and Gender Violence Unit (Unidad Especializada para la Prevención de la Violencia Familiar y de Género), arrived at the scene to assess the situation, and immediately took protective custody over the minor to trace her parents so they can file the complaint.

Meanwhile, José Ariel Sauri was taken to jail and sent to the Agency Specialized in Sex Crimes of the Attorney´s General Office (FGE).