Lubbock Man Arrested, Sexual Relationship with Girl, 13

Pedro Cruz Jr., 33, of Lubbock, was arrested Tuesday for a charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.
By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX -- Pedro Cruz Jr., 33, of Lubbock, was arrested Tuesday for a charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. Court records say Cruz started a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

The girl admitted to having relations with Cruz and told police she consented. She indicated that she lived with Cruz from January through September.

Court records contain supplemental police reports which indicate the girl’s mom knew of the relationship and did not prevent it. Those reports also say the relationship started at age 13 and continued when she turned 14.

The reports say, “She discovered she was pregnant in May.”

They also say the mom took her to Dallas to get an abortion.

“She advised she did not wish to have an abortion but the mother but her mother made her,” records say.

Police began to look into the situation when they were called to a Central Lubbock home in October for a harassment complaint. Children’s Protective Services removed the girl from her mother and placed her in foster care.

Court records say Cruz has previous convictions for retaliation and DWI. Cruz is held in lieu of a $200,000 bond.

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