Man accused of sexually abusing two relatives

BROWNSVILLE — A 57-year-old Harlingen man is being held on $500,000 bail after he was charged with having sexual contact with two family members.

Yesterday, a judge ordered Juan Enrique De La Cruz, of the 27000 block of Baker Potts Road, held on $250,000 bail after he was charged with indecency with a child by sexual contact in the case of an underage girl, Gus Reyna, chief deputy of the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department, said.

Magistrate Judge Alfonso Cordova also ordered De La Cruz held on $250,000 bail after he was charged with prohibited sexual conduct in the case of a young woman.

De La Cruz turned himself in to authorities Wednesday after a judge issued an Aug. 30 warrant for his arrest in the case involving the woman.

In May, the department launched an investigation after the woman told deputies De La Cruz forced sexual intercourse that left her pregnant, Reyna said.

Reyna said DNA tests found he fathered the woman’s aborted fetus.

The woman aborted the fetus because “she could not proceed with the pregnancy,” Reyna said.

Reyna said De La Cruz is accused of having forced sex with the woman for “a few years.”

In June, the department launched an investigation into the girl’s accusation that De La Cruz had sexual contact with her, Reyna said.

Reyna said the girl made accusations against De La Cruz in interviews with Child Protective Services.

The sheriff’s department recommended bail be set at $1 million for each of the two second-degree felony charges facing De La Cruz, Reyna said.