New allegations made against suspected Bellevue rapist
Sep 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM
Statements from another alleged victim are prompting Bellevue police to consider additional charges against a rape suspect.
Victor Veliz, 39, of Bellevue, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of rape, stemming from incidents in 2010 when he allegedly raped a girl who was 13 years old, Bellevue police said.
Another girl recently told police that Veliz abused her two years ago, when she was 11 years old.
Police plan to file additional charges against him in the near future, but it probably won’t be for rape, Bellevue interim police Chief Matt Johnson said.
The younger girl accused Veliz of touching her, Johnson said.
The older girl told investigators Thursday that Veliz raped her multiple times in 2010 at his Hobson Street home. Given the nature of the assaults, and the fact that the victim was younger than 13 at the time, police filed two separate rape charges against Veliz.
“It wasn’t a one-time deal,” Johnson said. “The abuse was ongoing.”
The allegations surfaced after the older girl told a friend about the alleged abuse. The friend then told her mother, who confronted the girl’s mother.
At some point social workers got involved and they then called Bellevue police, who arrested Veliz at his home Friday.
At the police station, Veliz refused to talk and he requested an attorney, Johnson said.
He has no criminal history in Bellevue.
“It was the first report we’d ever had on him,” Johnson said. “It’s not like he was a regular or anything.” Veliz knew the girls, and police do not suspect there are other victims.
“It’s not like he was picking girls up off the street,” Johnson said.
Veliz is being held in the Huron County jail on $50,000 bond.