Raleigh city employee molested child and then refused to return her passport, police say

Luis Fuentes
Luis Fuentes CCBI

Police have charged a 57-year-old Raleigh city employee with taking indecent liberties with a child and then withholding the child’s passport in an effort to avoid prosecution.

Luis Andres Fuentes of Friar Tuck Road in Southeast Raleigh faces six felony counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to arrest warrants filed with the Wake County Clerk of Court.

Fuentes works for Raleigh’s solid waste services department, police spokeswoman Donna-maria Harris said.

City spokesman John Boyette said Fuentes is a senior maintenance technician with the department.

An 11-year-old girl told her day care provider that Fuentes had been molesting her since January, records show.

Police say Fuentes, on six different occasions, “did commit and attempt to commit a lewd and lascivious act upon the body of an 11-year-old child,” according to the warrants.

Police think the incidents took place Jan. 1 through July 1.

Fuentes had the child’s passport and other important documents and $3,500, according to police. Fuentes was supposed to use the documents and the money to send the child to Mexico if her father was deported.

But Fuentes told the child’s father that he would not return the money and the documents until the sexual abuse allegations were resolved, according to a search warrant. Police say Fuentes obstructed justice by refusing to return the items.

The child told staff members at a day care center on July 18 that Fuentes had been touching her inappropriately since January, Raleigh police Detective T.R. Varnadoe wrote in a search warrant made public Thursday.

Police talked to the child and she “gave a detailed disclosure of six incidents,” according to the search warrant.

Investigators questioned Fuentes, who denied inappropriately touching the child, records show.

Fuentes’ attorney reportedly turned over the documents, but Fuentes denied ever possessing any cash that belonged to the victim or her father.

Detectives used the search warrant to take six digital photos of the the interior of Fuentes’ home.

Police on Wednesday transported Fuentes to the Wake County jail. He is being held under a $100,000 bail and ordered to stay away from the child as a condition of his release.