School groundskeeper arrested, charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child

A man was babysitting young children with their parents not present when Montgomery County Sheriff's Office deputies took him into custody on Friday. 

Jose Armando Lopez Solorio, 61, who was employed as a grounds maintenance helper with the Pasadena Independent School District, was identified by MCSO Special Victims Unit detectives as a suspect in the alleged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl. 

Houston police assisted MCSO deputies in finding Solorio at a relative's home. He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and was booked on a warrant for continuous sexual abuse of a child.

During an interview with detectives, Solorio admitted to the original charges and provided information that led to an additional charge of super aggravated sexual assault of a child because a victim is either under six years of age or if someone previously convicted of violent sexual assault of a victim under the age of fourteen commits the same crime again.

Investigators discovered that the abuse began when the victim was four-to-five years of age.  

Immigration and Customs Enforcement contacted detectives during the booking process and said that Solorio's immigration status would likely be reviewed due to the fact that he engaged in these crimes within the U.S. prior to receiving his residency status.

The Pasadena Independent School District released the following statement:

On the afternoon of February 6, 2019, Pasadena ISD was informed by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office that Mr. Jose Lopez Solorio, a Pasadena ISD Building and Grounds helper, was arrested for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 and aggravated sexual assault of a child. Upon learning this information, Pasadena ISD took immediate action to terminate this individual’s employment.  Mr. Lopez Solorio’s position did not require direct contact with students.  

We appreciate the swift action of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. If you know anything related to this case, you are encouraged to contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5871.

Anyone with information about the case, including any possible additional victims, are encouraged to contact the MCSO by phone at 936-760-5800.