CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A 61-year-old man who police say is a "serial child molester" was arrested in Charlotte and is facing 20 charges in connection with sexually assaulting children.
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers started investigating an alleged sexual assault involving a female child on Nov. 13. The alleged victim told police that Angel Mario Guzman Lobo "forcibly fondled her" several times in 2014 and 2015.
CMPD said Lobo would allegedly rent rooms from various people who he had met. Officers say the suspect reportedly rented a room from a family and became a caregiver to the family's children when the alleged assaults occurred.
Two more children were allegedly sexually assaulted during the same time frame but those charges are still forth coming, according to police. Police said these alleged victims are not related to the first child who came forward.
Police say Lobo was a "transient" and targeted the Latino community.
During a press conference on Friday, police said they believe Lobo sexually assaulted several children in Maryland, New York and Ohio. In total, police believe the victims ranged in four different states.
Police say Lobo was arrested on Thursday and charged with 10 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts of first-degree sex offense.
Officers are concerned that there are more victims out there.
Officials say Lobo appeared in court Friday afternoon. A judge appointed the suspect an attorney. Lobo will have a bond hearing later this month and a probable cause hearing in January.
WBTV spoke to the victim's mother through a translator Friday afternoon. The mother asked to remain anonymous, but provided details about the situation.
She said she lived with a roommate on Reames Road a few years ago and said Lobo would visit her roommate. She explained that he wasn't a babysitter, but would be left alone with kids when other adults would go to sleep. The mother said her daughter started acting different recently and eventually opened up about what she claims happened two years ago. The mother said she has a lot of anger and resentment towards Lobo, but is happy to know he's now behind bars.
If you have any information about this case, you can call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.