Authorities appeal to potential sex abuse victims to come forward

SESHADRI KUMAR
Authorities want the public to talk to their children if any of them had come in contact over the past 10 years with Chavarria (in mug shots).
Sergio David Chavarria AKA “Rey, a long time employee of Express Cuts hair salon in Richmond, charged with offenses of "Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact and Failure to Comply with Sex Offender’s Duty to Register," is in Fort Bend County Jail.

The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office and the Richmond Police Department while announcing the arrest and indictment of said they believe there may be other children who were victimized. It’s believed that Chavarria has worked at Express Cuts since it opened approximately ten years ago.

If you have taken your children to Express Cuts during that time frame, or if they have had any contact with Chavarria, authorities want to know about it. While Chavarria worked in the Richmond area, his exposure and access to children could have occurred anywhere in Fort Bend County or elsewhere.

“We are requesting parents of children who have frequented Express Cuts to speak with their children to determine whether their children had any inappropriate contact with Sergio Chavarria. Children who have been sexually abused often have delayed outcries or may be reluctant to talk about being sexually abused,” Fort Bend County District Attorney Brian Middleton told a press conference.

During an investigation that began in October, law enforcement determined that Chavarria was an employee at Express Cuts, a local hair salon in Richmond.

The investigation revealed that while working at the salon, Chavarria had sexual contact with a 13-year-old child, who was at the time of the contact, a customer of the salon. Further, authorities learned that Chavarria is a registered sex offender.

Lead prosecutor Craig Priesmeyer said “Texas law requires all persons to report evidence of child abuse and immigration status should not be a barrier. Protecting our children is the top priority and your immigration status is not at issue here.”

Indecency with a Child by Sexual Contact is a second-degree felony with a punishment range of 2-20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Failure to Comply with Sex Offender’s Duty to Register is a third-degree felony with a punishment range of 2-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Chavarria is currently being held at the Fort Bend County Jail on a $320,000 bond.

Anyone with information about Chavarria is encouraged to contact Detective Andrew Runge from the Richmond Police Department at (281) 342-2849 or [email protected], or their local law enforcement agency.