Two minors were sexually assaulted by the same man, but nobody knew until the victims became suspects in crimes. Last week, officers arrested Samuel Palomo, 32, of Taylor, for aggravated sexual assault of a child.
He was arrested for the same crime in April.
"We had two different suspects of different crimes that made an outcry about Mr. Palomo," said Taylor Police Commander Joseph Branson. "Both of these subjects are female juveniles."
On Monday, May 20, at 12:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Pecan St., officers arrested Palomo who had an outstanding warrant for aggravated sexual assault of a child. Palomo was also in possession of methamphetamine.
According to police reports, officers received a call Dec. 7 from the Williamson County Juvenile Justice Center about a victim who said she was sexually assaulted in November by Palomo.
"This is a suspect in a crime that is making an outcry about something that happened to them," Branson said.
Palomo was arrested and charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony and possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1, over four grams, a second-degree felony.
Palomo was arrested April 17 for the same charge to a different victim. Both victims were minors.
According to police reports, the first victim was assaulted in December in Taylor, then left town. The report was given to police in Abilene when the victim became a suspect in a crime there.
"While she was dealing with police on her crime there, she made an outcry about a crime that happened to her in Taylor," Branson said.
In April, Palomo posted bond for $30,000 and was released April 26.
Branson said the victims’ outcries led to an investigation.
Branson said in both cases Palomo gave the victims drugs and then assaulted them while they were under the influence. Branson said the first victim was given methamphetamine, and the substance of the second victim is unknown.
According to Williamson County Jail records, Palomo is still in custody on bonds that total $150,000.