NEW GARDEN >> A 32-year-old man is behind bars on $2 million cash bail after he was arrested for allegedly abusing a young girl over a five-year period, according to township police.
According to the New Garden Police Department, investigators were called to an area school on Jan. 7 after receiving reports of a sexual assault. Police met with a school counselor who informed investigators the school was complying with protocols laid out by the county’s Division of Children, Youth, and Family after receiving information that a female student was the victim of a sexual assault.
Police identified the suspect as Magdaleno Perez-Miranda, of New Garden.
Investigators were told that the alleged abuse took place in the student’s home. None of the alleged abuse took place at or near the school, police said.
School officials told police that they had learned of the alleged abuse when a friend of the victim reported that she was concerned for her welfare after receiving text messages stating that she wanted to die. After school counselor’s located the victim she informed them that the abuse had gone on over the last five years, according to police.
Later in the day investigators conducted a forensic interview at the Children Advocacy Center. During the interview the victim told investigators that the abuse began about five years ago when she was a child. Police said Perez-Miranda has had a relationship with the victim’s mother for about 12 years and does not have a biological relationship with the victim.
Perez-Miranda was taken into custody without incident and arraigned on five counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, five counts of aggravated indecent assault, 10 counts of indecent assault, one count of endangering the welfare of children and one count of corruption of minors. He was taken to Chester County Prison after failing to post $2 million cash bail, police said.
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