From staff reports
Four other victims of an alleged sexual predator on Texas State University campus have come forward providing the basis for four new attempted sexual assault charges.
Gerardo Pena, 17, was caught by a university police officer on Thursday shortly after two women said he attacked and molested them near the Comanche Street pedestrian bridge. After being caught, he told investigators he had done the same thing a day earlier, on June 30.
Originally charged with two counts of sexual assault and one of evading arrest or detention, police over the weekend regraded one of the charges as attempted sexual assaults. They added additional charges for restraining his victims while attempting to fondle them, said Mark Hendricks, the university’s spokesperson.
Hendricks said none of the Wednesday attacks were reported to police until after the Thursday attacks were publicized.
Pena, a San Marcos resident, now faces a total of one charge of sexual assault, four of criminal attempted sexual assault, five of unlawful detention and one of evading arrest.
University police chief Ralph Meyer was out of town this week and unavailable for comment, his office said. Other university officers referred questions to Hendricks.