Gerardo Reyes mugshot

Police: Man sexually assaults 7-year-old nightly, for over a month

A Montana man accused of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl was arrested and charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent.

An arrest affidavit filed on August 31 stated that  Gerardo Reyes Jr., 23, was arrested after the victim reported the abuse on the second day of school, KFBB reported. She described the abuse in graphic detail, telling her teacher that Reyes would come to her bed at night, remove her underwear, and place either his finger or his penis into her butt.

The victim told police it happened every night for the past month and a half. The teacher immediately called the Department of Family Services, who in turn contacted the Great Falls Police Department.

During an interview with detectives, the unidentified victim told police that Reyes lived in the same home as her and her mother. She said that her room was infested with spiders, so she had been sleeping in the living room on a futon.

The victim told police that she had already told her mother about the abuse, but the woman said it must have been a mistake, and that Reyes must have just put his hand on her butt.

When police questioned the mother, she confirmed that her daughter had previously told her about the abuse. She claimed to understand this meant that the man had put his hand on the victim’s hip. She said that this was Reyes way of placing boundaries and not touching private areas.

When police talked to the suspect, he told them that the girl had been experiencing night terrors over the past several months – the same time frame the victim had told police. He said he would come to her in the night to comfort her and wake her up by placing two hands on her back and bouncing her. He denied the abuse allegations.

After the interview, Reyes underwent a suspect sexual assault examination. He was charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent and transported to the Cascade County Detention Center.

The State requested a bond of $500,000.

[Feature Photo: Cascade County Detention Center]